Tomahawks and cause both win in 'Dig Pink' game

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Oct. 18, 2011
Senior libero Abby Collins makes a defensive bump in the Tomahawks' victory over Windsor on Oct. 12, in which the GHS players wore pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior libero Abby Collins makes a defensive bump in the Tomahawks' victory over Windsor on Oct. 12, in which the GHS players wore pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness. Photos by Steve Smith.

On Oct 12, the Glastonbury High School volleyball teams eschewed their normal blue jerseys for pink ones, in order to promote breast cancer awareness as part of the Side Out Foundation's “Dig Pink” efforts. The players had purchased pink shirts (dark pink, chosen due to its “stronger” appearance) with their own funds, to be donated back to the school, so that future teams can use them for the same purpose.

The team also organized fundraising activities throughout the month, including the collection of recyclable cans and bottles and using the monies from returns toward the cause. They also sold refreshments and raffle tickets for prize baskets at the game vs. Windsor on Oct. 12, and coordinated a tag sale on Oct. 15 and a balloon sale at the school. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the month.

Glastonbury’s varsity team capped the event with a win over Windsor, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-20), and they were excited about playing the Dig Pink match, according to coach Tracey Hollenbaugh, who added that the team may have overcompensated, at first.

“There was so much hype,” she said, “that I had to tell them to calm themselves. I think they did a little too much. They came out a little flat at first.”

Hollenbaugh said her team did well, and is working on keeping its intensity level up. “The talent is there,” she said. “Playing is heart – that's the biggest thing right now.”

Hollenbaugh said that, despite two recent losses (to South Windsor and Woodstock Academy), the team still has its goals set high, and the ability to attain them.

“We want to finish the regular season solidly,” she said, “[Then,] nothing short of being in the CCC final, and continuing on in the state tournament, which they can do.”

At press time, Glastonbury was preparing to face RHAM (ranked #1 in Class M) and then East Catholic on Oct. 17, and Fitch on Oct. 19. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.

For more information about the Side Out Foundation, visit www.side-out.org.


Comments

Thank you!

Thank you for all your efforts. It sounds like you have a really special team of girls. It's very touching to learn that they put their own money toward the jerseys that they will then donate back to the school.

Go Tomahawks!!!!

Julie Matthews
Special Projects Coordinator
The Side-Out Foundation

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