A pair of juniors on the West York girls' volleyball team have turned the Lady Bulldogs' matchup with Eastern York next Thursday into much more than an average YAIAA match.

West York will use the matchup to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The "Dig Pink" event -- the nationally accepted title given to volleyball matches in which money is raised for breast cancer research -- is being coordinated by West York juniors Erin Farrell and Kellsie Groff as part of their senior project.

Proceeds will go to The Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit group based out of Annandale, Va., dedicated to raising money to find a cure for breast cancer.

Besides the game itself, organizers will be auctioning off volleyballs signed by some of the sport's legends, including Karch Kiraly, Pat Powers and Misty May-Treanor. Various other pink items will be raffled off, including garden mums, pink beach towels and pink M&Ms. "Dig Pink" T-shirts will also be for sale (800 have already been sold).

The night will include plenty of pageantry, as well. Fifty members of the West York High School Choir will sing the national anthem prior to the varsity game, and a pep band will be on hand to provide entertainment. In addition, a breast cancer survivor will speak at the match.

The event is meant as a means to kick off October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.

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