Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College will hold their Eighth Annual Pink Out Volleyball Game on Wednesday, October 2, in the College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. Since the Pink Out game tradition started in 2012, more than $20,000 has been raised to support the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center. For this year’s Pink Out game, the Mounties will take on La Roche University at 7:00 p.m. The general public is warmly invited to attend the contest.
The College’s Wellness Committee is organizing the event. Ann Booterbaugh, who chairs the Committee, noted that the night is now a tradition at the College and includes fun for all ages including the very young and the young at heart. The basket raffle is a traditional crowd pleaser. “The Pink Out Game is truly a synergy of faculty, staff, students and community members coming together to support breast cancer research, celebrate breast cancer survivors, and support everyone—women and men—who are affected by this disease. We are proud of the efforts of the Mount Aloysius College community,” added Booterbaugh.
Before the game, volleyball players will honor breast cancer survivors in their life. Charlene’s School of Dance will also perform a tribute in memory and in honor of those fighting breast cancer.
T-shirts will be available for sale leading up to game-time to support the cause. Mount Aloysius volleyball players also look forward to participating in the annual event. Mount Aloysius Head Volleyball Coach Brianna Baker said, “We participate in this because it is such a great event that brings the whole community together for a good cause that benefits the entire region. Breast Cancer has affected a lot of people who we all know; so spreading awareness about early detection and raising funds to support a local effort is something that is close to our hearts,” Baker said.
According to Breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.