The Medina volleyball team will host a cancer benefit entitled 'Dig Pink, Dig Teal' during tonight's Niagara-Orleans League match against Albion at the Medina High School gymnasium.
Medina coach Tim Lincoln said the team has been working hard to sell wristbands for $2, with proceeds to benefit breast and ovarian cancer awareness. T-shirts will be sold at the match, and fans are asked to make donations rather than pay admission to the match.
The JV match is scheduled for 5 p.m., with the varsity match to follow at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Volleyball teams across the country have traditionally held benefits for breast cancer awareness in the month of October, Lincoln said, with the color pink symbolizing awareness. Teal symbolizes ovarian cancer awareness, and this year's benefit is including teal this year in honor of former Roy-Hart volleyball player Meghan Redenbach, who died of ovarian cancer in December 2010, at age 15.
Lincoln said the event was held two years ago, but 'fizzled out' last year due to logistical challenges. But earlier this fall, Lincoln called veteran Albion coach Ann Capacci in hopes of making it work for tonight's match, and Capacci was immediately on board.
Medina players will be wearing teal jerseys, while Albion players will wear pink jerseys, Lincoln said. Medina's libero will wear pink, while Albion's libero will wear teal.
Albion currently leads the Niagara-Orleans League at 9-0, while Medina is 4-6.
Niagara-Orleans League field hockey teams will also participate this week in a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, entitled 'Play for the Cure,' said Barker field hockey coach Jeff Costello.
Varsity and JV teams will play wearing reversible pink jerseys, and games will be contested with pink balls, Costello said.