Buzz Williams and Marquette Volleyball to 'Dig Pink'
Oct. 15, 2013
MILWAUKEE - For the second-straight year the Marquette University women's volleyball team will have a little extra incentive during its annual "Dig Pink" campaign in support of the Side-Out Foundation's ongoing fight against breast cancer.
Buzz Williams, head men's basketball coach at Marquette, will team with women's volleyball head coach Bond Shymansky in blue-and-gold-striped overalls at MU's Friday, Nov. 22 match against Xavier if the Marquette community can raise over $7,000 by that date for breast cancer research.
"We have such a vested interest in fundraising for the fight against breast cancer that it continues to be a cause near and dear to our program," Shymansky said. "It is awesome that Buzz has agreed to be a part of our efforts to help us reach our goal of $7,000."
Last season, Shymansky agreed to sport the bib overalls of the Marquette Maniacs student section during a match if his squad rose over $5,000 during the month of October.
"I have seen Buzz wear some pretty interesting outfits on the sidelines, but a pair of blue and gold striped overalls will really take the cake," Shymansky said. "Buzz's willingness to poke a little fun at himself is a great example of doing whatever we can to raise awareness and money to find the cure for breast cancer."
Fans will be able to help Marquette reach its goal by attending its annual "Dig Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness match on Sunday, Oct. 27 against Georgetown, which features $2 admission for fans wearing pink as well as various other activities in support of breast cancer research.
Donations can be made on Marquette's Side-Out Foundation profile (http://go.mu.edu/DigPink) as well as per-dig pledges for its match against the Hoyas. MU will also have "Dig Pink" t-shirts for sale at all home matches for $10, as well as autographed pink mini volleyballs for $20 and four online auctions with all proceeds going towards its fundraising campaign.
The Golden Eagles raised a total of $5,155 in 2012 through t-shirt sales, online pledges, in-match promotions and donations on a per-dig basis for their Oct. 21 match against Louisville.
All proceeds gathered throughout the month of October, which is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the first three weeks of November, will benefit the Side-Out Foundation. The foundation awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.