Vincent Massey Vikings varsity girls’ volleyball players will wear pink next week to raise awareness about breast cancer.
The Vincent Massey Vikings varsity girls’ volleyball team will have a different look to them when they take the court to play the Crocus Plainsmen on Tuesday.
Instead of wearing their normal purple and white jerseys at the Massey gym, the team will be sporting pink uniforms. The players have been taking pledges from members of the community for the last few weeks in order to wear the pink jerseys, and all the money will be donated to Cancer Care Manitoba.
The idea came from head coach Greg Beckwith challenging last year’s team to become more involved in the community. That squad decided to host a volleyball clinic and donated the proceeds to Westman Women’s Shelter.
This year, the Vikings chose to raise awareness about breast cancer. The players held a volleyball clinic and added the pledge drive in an attempt to raise at least $2,000.
The Vikings have raised about $1,500 so far and Beckwith is confident they can reach their goal.
"I think it’s pretty reasonable we’ll get there," he said. "That’s the goal the girls set and with any goal setting, you do what you need to to achieve your goal."
Massey will charge a voluntary entry fee to Tuesday’s Brandon High School Volleyball League match with those proceeds also going to their cause. There will also be representatives from the regional health authority there to educate people about breast cancer.
Beckwith is happy with how well his players have responded to his challenge and couldn’t be prouder of their hard work.
"Everything we’re doing is athlete-driven and athlete-run and that’s what kind of makes me so proud is they’ve taken this upon themselves to give to the community," he said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 5, 2012