The walls. The balls. The jerseys. Even the frosted treats at the snack bar will be dyed pink.
For one night, the Beyer High volleyball program’s push for a Modesto Metro Conference crown will take a backseat to a greater cause.
The Patriots have partnered with the Side-Out Foundation to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and patient support. The “Dig Pink” match is scheduled for Oct. 13, when Beyer hosts Downey.
All donations and concession sales will benefit the Side-Out Foundation.
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It’s called ‘Side-out’ because in volleyball when you’re down and lost possessions, you want a sideout. It means to get the ball back and get back to competing. This is symbolic for breast cancers and staying strong to get back fully into the game of life.
Emily Pacheco, Beyer assistant coach, on the Patriots’ Breast Cancer Awareness match on Oct. 13
Beyer began its “Dig Pink” tradition under former coach Megan Ankeney (now Megan Manrique) in 2010, when current assistant coach Emily Pacheco was a senior.
“Being young and women who eventually need to get checked ourselves, it was empowering and knowledgeable for all the players,” Pacheco said in a text message.
First-year coach Courtney Harden has continued the tradition with hopes of exposing her girls at all three levels to a global concern while showing them the impact help at the local can have.
She hopes to raise at least $500, a goal that doesn’t include the gate. Harden is still awaiting word from Beyer administration about contributing a portion of the ticket sales.
“I want to make these girls more aware of real-life situations. I think girls are sometimes naive to what happens in our world,” Harden said. “We want to support it in a positive way and make them aware of the issues. My job isn’t just to coach them, but to help them learn and grow as young adults. This is about so much more than what they’re learning in school. There’s so much more out there.”
The Patriots will don pink jerseys for the first time and use pink volleyballs. The varsity match is set for 6 p.m. Harden thanked Raley’s and Papa John’s Pizza for donating cupcakes and pizza, respectively.
Pacheco said this cause resonates through the program.
“Each girl knows at least one person affected,” she added, “so this event is meaningful to them. … It’s called ‘Side-Out’ because in volleyball when you’re down and lost possessions, you want a side out. It means to get the ball back and get back to competing. This is symbolic for breast cancer and staying strong to get back fully into the game of life.”
Beyer isn’t the only Stanislaus District program to host Breast Cancer Awareness matches during the month of October.
Enochs will have a donation box at all four of its remaining home matches this month: vs. Gregori, Oct. 6; vs. Johansen, Oct. 15; vs. Beyer, Oct. 20; and vs. Downey on Senior Night, Oct. 22. All proceeds will be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and at least three Stanislaus District programs will host fundraising matches. Beyer (Oct. 13) and Ripon Christian (Oct. 6) have teamed with the Side-out Foundation, while Enochs is raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at all of its home matches (Oct. 6, 15, 20, 22).
Ripon Christian will host “Dig Pink” matches on Oct. 6 when all three levels tangle with Gustine in a Southern League match. The freshman match will be held in Hilmar at Strom Gym.
Proceeds will benefit the Side-Out Foundation. Those that wish to make a donation to Beyer or Ripon can so by visiting www.side-out.org and searching for the respective school.
Harden also said donations can be sent to Beyer High School at 1717 Sylvan Ave., Modesto, 95355. Make checks payable to “Side-Out Foundation.”