South Windsor High School hosts ‘Dig Pink’ volleyball game
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
There was a sea of pink on the court at South Windsor High School on Oct. 18 when the S.W.H.S. girls' volleyball team hosted its annual ‘Dig Pink' fundraiser game. Their opponent was Farmington High. All proceeds went to the Side Out Foundation for cancer research.
The ‘Dig Pink’ fundraiser is a tradition at S.W.H.S. The girls look forward to this each year. Most of the players have been affected by cancer in one form or another. “I think this is a great way to help fight cancer,” said Lauren Pelletier. “My grandmother, Beatrice Pillion, just passed away from cancer and it is really hard to lose someone like that. I know she is here tonight, watching us play, but I really miss her.” Pelletier was wearing an angel pin to represent her grandmother at the game. “I think this is a great way for all of us to come together and work towards a cure for this terrible disease,” added Pelletier.
The school’s custodian, Kevin Malizia, is always available for support to the students. He is known for being extremely accommodating when the students and parents need something to be done, such as bring out extra chairs or go the extra mile when overseeing that something gets taken care of for the team. On this particular night, he purchased a pink t-shirt from the team and proudly wore it in support of finding the cure for cancer. Team players Sabrina Smith, Sasha and Shannon Gonzolez, along with Jmeran Chaddha, were very thankful to have Malizia’s support in this fundraiser as well as the other fundraisers before.
Barbara Skenyon is with the South Windsor Volleyball Booster Club. “The girls have been working very hard at raising money for this cause,” said Skenyon. “Last year, the girls raised over $2,500. We are hoping to beat that this year. At this point in the evening, we are on track to do that this evening.” Some of the fundraisers that the team held were; car washes, raffles and bake sales. The money that the team raises goes directly to the “Side Out foundation” for cancer research. On the night of the game, there was a raffle that was so large; the tables lined the hallway on both sides. The items were donated by families and local businesses such as; The Red Onion, Moe’s, Cardio Express, Rita’s, Massage Envy, Dairy Queen and Red Cabin, just to name a few. “We owe a great big thank you to all of our sponsors,” said Skenyon. “We got all of our pink t-shirts from J&B Sportswear. They created light pink tees for the team and their families and dark pink t-shirts for sale to people that are looking to sponsor the cure for the cause. The quality of the shirts is remarkable and they really treated us so great. We can’t thank them enough.”
Alum Kyle Bolden was visiting from Eastern Connecticut State University. He and his mother, Maureen Duclos, were there to support the team in all their efforts. “This is such a great event,” said Duclos. “It’s wonderful to see the kids working together. The best thing that can come from this would be awareness. The girls can’t afford to be naive about breast cancer. Maybe this is one way they can become aware of what to watch for to keep as healthy as they can be.”