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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Pink is an important color surrounding the Southmoreland volleyball team.

It will be seen around the squad at it is in the midst of a fundraiser to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

T-shirts sporting the slogan “Scotties for a Cure” are being sold, as well as hooded sweatshirts which will bear the term “Dig Pink.”

“Dig Pink” is the trademark name for fundraising events through the Side-Out Foundation, which was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches working toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services

The T-shirts carry a $15 price tag ($17 for 2XL and larger) and the sweatshirts go for $25 ($27 for 2XL and larger). Pre-orders are being accepted with large and extra large currently available in T-shirts. All checks should be made out to SGVA.

Other items that are being marketed include: buttons, chap stick and possibly sponsor stickers,

However, the culminating event to “Dig Pink” will come Oct. 10 when the Scotties take on South Allegheny in a Section 7-AA contest. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

“So far we've had a lot of people saying they're coming out to the game,” said Kristyn Howell, a junior on the volleyball team.

Howell said she's known people who have battled cancer, bringing the subject of the disease closer to her.

“My grandfather being one of them,” she admitted. “That got me thinking that maybe we should put together something like a fundraiser. A lot of people are responding the way that I was hoping they would.”

Howell has really become involved in the cause of “Dig Pink”, preparing to spend at least two hours with an local oncology department while competing for a scholarship through the Side-Out Foundation.

“I've learned a lot,” she said. “I'm more aware now.”

Her mother Monica, who's also an officer with the volleyball boosters, echoed those sentiments.

“It gives someone as young as her the reality of it just to see it herself,” she said. “It really opens her mind to what she sees is involved with this.”

Cindy Severi, a senior on the volleyball team, said she is involved with the annual Relay for Life and it just seemed like a natural transition to put her efforts into “Dig Pink.”

“We can make it even more fun by playing volleyball,” Severi said. “It's a good thing to do.”

Severi added she's had family members affected by cancer and the disease claimed the life of her great-grandfather.

WPIAL regulations will probably forbid the team to wear pink jerseys for the game, but members of the squad will probably be able to sports some form of pink garb.

“We're going to have pink shoelaces, hair bows, pink eye shadow, you can dye your hair pink,” Severi said.

Monica Howell exclaimed obvious pride in the team's efforts on behalf of “Dig Pink.”

“I think it's really becoming of them to take the initiative to participate in something as important as this,” Monica Howell said. “It's a devastatingly large statistical number of people in this world who are facing this. I'm really proud of them for wanting to participate in an event like this.”Monica Howell also said there is hope for a bit of an accessory to the hooded sweatshirts.

“We're hoping to get a pink ribbon in back of the hood,” she said.

The team did sell T-shirts for the fight against breast cancer in 2012 and raised about $250.

Team members have loftier goals this year.

“I would personally like to raise $2,000 or more,” Kristyn Howell said.

The team is just happy to get involved in some way and the girls expect a fairly decent crowd in the contest against a section rival.

“Volleyball is not really a sport that's out there like football is, like soccer is, really popular sports,” Howell said. “Not really a lot of people are aware of how fun volleyball can be, they think it's just a couple of girls passing the ball around, but it's one of the popular Olympic sports. We figured let's get this (“Dig Pink”) idea out there while we have a game at the same time.”

For more information, folks can email the volleyball boosters at or call 724-989-6221.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or

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