Three Deacon Teams Set To Participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Sept. 29, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest Athletics is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Dig for the Cure volleyball match as well as a new partnership with the North Carolina Triad Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Wake Forest Field Hockey's inaugural, Sticks for the Cure match. The Wake Forest women's soccer team is also participating in the program for the first time this season with Kick for the Cure.

The Dig for the Cure is scheduled for Oct. 25th versus Maryland at 5:00 p.m., the Sticks for the Cure field hockey match is scheduled for Oct. 19th vs. California at noon, while the Kick for the Cure women's soccer match is scheduled for Oct. 23rd vs. NC State at 7:00 p.m.

These events center around the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's effort during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. It also provides a fantastic opportunity for Wake Forest women's athletic teams to be a part of this fundraising effort to support the fight against breast cancer.

The Demon Deacon volleyball team will be soliciting donations from sponsors to either pledge money per dig recorded by Wake Forest on Oct. 25th or make a flat donation to the cause. T-shirts will also be sold as part of the effort to fundraise for this cause.

Furthermore, the Wake Forest Sports Marketing department will be collecting raffle donations beginning Sept. 30th when the Demon Deacons take on the Duke in Reynolds Gym beginning at 7 p.m. There will be three raffle prizes given out to fans throughout each match leading up to the official Dig for the Cure match on Oct. 25th. Match dates include Duke on Sept. 30th, NC State on Oct. 3rd, North Carolina on Oct. 4th, and Boston College on Oct. 24th. During the Dig for the Cure match, there will be 5 raffle prizes, including a grand prize to one lucky fan. Raffle prizes range from official Wake Forest apparel to official Molten Pink volleyballs autographed by the Demon Deacon team.

Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in additional raffles at the field hockey and women's soccer matches.

The volleyball team has raised almost $24,000 in the previous two years. The Deacs recorded 67 digs in each match, raising $12,067.05 in a three-set win over NC State in 2006 and $11,805.50 against Virginia Tech last season. Both totals shattered the team's goal of $5,000 in 2006 and $6,500 in 2007. The money raised in 2006 was the highest amount by any participating volleyball program in the country.

"We have had the privilege of working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the past few years with our Dig for the Cure match," said head volleyball coach Heather Kahl Holmes. "We are extremely excited that our Field Hockey Team has joined us this year, in our efforts to raise awareness and funds to aid in the research of breast cancer."

"This disease has affected each and every one of us in one way or another," Kahl Holmes continued. "What an honor it is for our players to be able participate and to give something back for such an important cause."

The Demon Deacon field hockey team will also be soliciting donations from sponsors who have the option to donate several different ways including a Gold, Silver, or Bronze level donation. All three levels will include prizes courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics.

The Gold Donation is a minimum $100 donation that makes the sponsor eligible for a separate raffle for an official Pink Field Hockey stick courtesy of Dita that is autographed by the Demon Deacon team. It also includes an official pink field hockey ball and t-shirt.

The Silver Donation is a minimum $25 donation which includes the ball and t-shirt and the Bronze Donation is a $15 donation that includes the t-shirt.

The Women's Soccer match will feature areas focused on flat donations, raffles, and t-shirt sales as well as a Komen educational area.

Fans and sponsors with any questions can contact the Wake Forest Sports Marketing department at (336) 758-5010.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).

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