A volleyball game is usually a spirited sporting event, but the fun at the Dig Pink rally takes it up a notch, while celebrating women who fight breast cancer.

The Grant Union Prospectors will host Union starting at 1 p.m. with junior varsity, followed by varsity, Saturday, Oct. 15, for their eighth annual Dig Pink games.

Fans are asked to dress in pink while cheering on the teams, and supporting breast cancer causes.

Since the Lady Prospectors, led by head coach Shae Speth, started the rallies, they’ve raised $20,000 for John Day’s Blue Mountain Hospital Foundation, which helps local women pay for mammograms, and the national Side-Out Foundation.

The Side-Out Foundation’s name comes from the volleyball term “side-out” which means regaining control of the ball. The foundation also seeks to help people with breast cancer regain control of their lives.

The foundation funds clinical trials, helping people with stage four breast cancer, and benefits support services for cancer patients and their families.

Basket raffles, T-shirt sales, candle sales and a bake sale are planned at the local event to raise money.

“We encourage the community to come support the team and a great cause,” Speth said.

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