October is a time when you might expect to see the colors of autumn all around you, but on Oct. 4 the main color you’ll see in the Paschal High School Gymnasium is pink.
At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Paschal High School gym, the Paschal varsity volleyball team will battle more than just their opponents from Sam Houston High School; they’ll fight breast cancer as well. This is the Lady Panthers’ third annual Pink Out game.
Paschal volleyball started sponsoring the Pink Out game in order to raise money to help with the fight against breast cancer, first year head coach Elizabeth Snyder said.
“It’s a tradition that’s been going on at Paschal High School, and I’m just carrying it on,” Snyder said.
“We started it three years ago. Last year I think we raised around $500, and this year we’re hoping for more toward $1,000 or more. Most of it comes from donations accepted at the door to the game,” senior co-captain MaryAshton Floyd said.
T-shirts will be for sale before and at the game for $10. Coach Snyder says, “We buy them through the booster club, and then we put all the money toward breast cancer.” If you would like to make a donation or purchase a T-shirt now contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Floyd says all the proceeds from the game go to the Dig Pink Foundation.
The Pink Out game has a special place in Floyd’s heart. “My grandmother is a three time survivor,” Floyd said.
“We also have a JV girl whose mom has breast cancer,” senior co-captain Riley Cook said.
“She’s currently fighting it, and doing well,” Snyder said.
Any survivors or people currently fighting breast cancer will be honored by a moment of silence before the match begins. “The varsity players all have roses, and we take them to those who stand up,” Floyd said.
“It’s a great thing,” Floyd said, “and anybody and everybody is welcome. We’re trying to raise as much money as we can.” Floyd hopes that many members of the community will come support the team.