Author: Josh Bryant
April 3, 2018
For years, The Side-Out Foundation has been working hard, looking for the opportunity for volleyball clubs around the country to unite together behind Dig Pink®.
The Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink initiative, which funds Side-Out’s very own stage IV breast cancer clinical research, is well-known and very successful during the high school volleyball season due to the efforts of thousands of volleyball players each fall hosting Dig Pink matches at their schools.
Club volleyball is very different from high school. There are different challenges, less flexibility, and traveling to tournaments each weekend can make it tough to work a philanthropic component into the season. Many times, clubs are unsure how or when they can support.
Despite all the differences club volleyball has, we at Side-Out have found a way that each club volleyball player can be a part of Dig Pink…and it literally takes ONE MINUTE.
This initiative gives the club volleyball community the opportunity to take ownership of its own Dig Pink initiative. It allows club athletes to create a form of solidarity, accomplish one goal together and share that with the world.
We call it the Dig Pink® National Dig-A-Thon!
The Dig Pink National Dig-A-Thon’s goal is for club volleyball athletes across the country to accomplish 150,000 digs in one month to honor the 150,000 women and men living with stage IV breast cancer in the U.S., while finding family and friends to pledge-per-dig. Each athlete is to complete a fast-paced, high-energy, one minute Pit Drill with their team and attempt to get as many digs as they can!
It won’t be easy, players will get tired, and they will be forced to challenge themselves…and that’s what we want!
Individuals living with stage IV breast cancer push themselves every minute of each day, fighting through ups and downs, while never giving up. This is the mindset they are forced to take on after being diagnosed.
Stage IV breast cancer is the least funded and least talked about when it comes to breast cancer. It is estimated that only 2-5% of the six billion dollars raised for breast cancer each year goes towards stage IV (the most aggressive and advanced form of the disease).
Side-Out’s clinical research, which is funded entirely by our sport of volleyball, is different in the fact that it is helping those living with stage IV breast cancer and extending lives. This is possible because of teams like yours!
In April of 2018, teams everywhere will begin by recruiting pledges from family and friends for each dig they will complete.
Teams will plan a time that works for them to run each player (one at a time) through a one-minute, fast-paced pit drill, working to accomplish as many digs as possible. Do this as many times in the month of April as you wish, and Side-Out will take your best score! Players will collect donations from those who pledged to support. The more digs your team completes, the greater the support of the cause!
When choosing to be a part of the Dig Pink National Dig-A-Thon, remember the why. Players need to honor those who have no choice but to push themselves everyday and will do so by challenging themselves to give it their all during that one minute drill.
Record each player’s session, post it online, and share accomplishments with everyone involved (including Side-Out). Make it fun…make it competitive…and GIVE IT YOUR ALL.
Join us. Let’s show the world what club volleyball can do!