The volleyball team will dedicate their pink-out game in support of breast cancer awareness to a player’s family member.
The pink-out game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and will be dedicated to senior Kelley Shiel’s grandmother, Sandra Allen, who died of breast cancer at age 71.
Allen was a Sunday school teacher, and gave a children’s sermon once a month. She also ran a youth program for three years and volunteered for the youth activities.
“It means so much to my entire family that it is dedicated her,” Shiels said.
The members of the Phi Mu sorority are hosting their Save a Set event for the game to raise awareness and money for breast cancer, and had the idea for the dedication.
Phi Mu and the volleyball team decided to dedicate the game to Allen when she was first diagnosed and planned for the money raised to go toward her treatment.
Shiels said her grandmother was a giving and selfless woman, and she wouldn’t have wanted the money to go towards her treatment, but instead would have wanted it to go to the foundation to help others.
The volleyball team does a pink-out game every year, but this is the first time the game has been dedicated to a single person.
This is also the first year for Phi Mu to do an event at the game.
The women’s basketball team also does a pink-out game every year, but that date is not yet determined.
Coach Latricia Trammell was unavailable for comment about the game.
Volleyball and women’s basketball are the only sports on campus that host pink-out games.
“The involvement in the support for cancer research really becomes a personal situation or decision by the coaches and the teams,” Athletic Director Jim Abbott said. “It’s their motivation.”