By Ally Eynon
It is Volleyball season once again at Umatilla High School which means that there are a lot of those super fun, loud home matches in “The Pit.”
A special match is Dig Pink Night which was held on Oct. 6th at the Umatilla High School gym. Dig Pink night is to spread awareness about breast cancer. This event is held every season, in October which is national breast cancer awareness month.
This match is used to raise money for Breast cancer awareness. Money is raised by the students and faculty for the cause at the match. There are t-shirts sold for ten dollars with all of the profits going to the local cancer organization.
“We always decorate the gym as a team before the games, on Dig Pink night the gym is always covered in pink after we are done decorating,” said second-year Viking Hope Cameron a member of the JV roster. “The decorations and all of the of the support from everyone wearing pink always gets us excited to play. We spend a lot of our season preparing, making shirts,and decorations and different things to get ready for this event.”
All the money raised at the match is donated to the local cancer organization. The varsity and JV volleyball teams at Umatilla High School played at the Dig Pink night against Stanfield High School. Local cancer survivors were invited to get recognized for beating cancer. Everyone wore pink to support and breast cancer, and came to the match to watch some exciting volleyball matches.
“I’m glad we have it too celebrate the teachers and people from our community who are survivors of breast cancer,” Cameron said. “It’s a serious issue with our world today. They need to be recognized for the pain they went through.”
It’s more than just wearing pink for the Viking’s Head Coach “Our school is different than most schools because we don’t just recognize Breast cancer, we are donating every penny that is made to the local Breast Cancer organization,” said Sonia Ego.
“It’s good to raise awareness about Breast cancer and i’m glad that the volleyball girls are spreading the word and getting it across. Hopefully this will help at least one person catch it early,” said Mrs. Nancy Swarat, a teacher at Umatilla High School and a breast cancer survivor.