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Saugus to ‘dig pink’ against breast cancer

Organized by Cents’ girls volleyball head coach, event will preempt match between Saugus and Hart

Posted: October 14, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
When Saugus girls volleyball hosts Hart at 6:45 p.m. today, it will be more than another important Foothill League matchup between the Centurions and the Indians.

Both teams made the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs last year, and both face a tough battle to make the playoffs in the competitive Foothill League.

However, Saugus volleyball head coach Zach Ambrose organized an event before the match that will focus on a more important cause.

Dig Pink, organized by Ambrose and emceed by Saugus principal Bill Bolde, is an event that is part of the Side-out Foundation’s national effort to fight breast cancer and spread awareness of the disease.

The organization supports rallies across the country to help raise money for the nonprofit group, which is aimed at raising money to help those who suffer from breast cancer.

Ambrose, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, said he began to notice the rallies at other schools and wanted his school to get involved.

“I started seeing some of the events held at the college level and thought it would be a great and easy way to raise some money and get some information out there,” Ambrose said.

At the conclusion of the today’s junior varsity game between Saugus and Hart, Bolde will address the crowd with a few words about the importance of breast cancer and some information about the disease.

“Too many people die from cancers of all different kinds,” said Bolde, who lost his mother-in-law to breast cancer shortly after becoming principal at Saugus. “That’s one that really hits home to me, and if there’s anything I can do to support that I will.”

There will also be a raffle of three volleyballs signed by Misty May-Treanor, who won Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball with Keri Walsh in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. The proceeds will benefit the Side-out Foundation.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, will also make an appearance at the event.

Ambrose said people can make a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit organization through the school’s participation in the program at www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/1647.

“Everything we do is about educating people,” Bolde said. “This is just a different kind of teaching, that’s all."

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