The Westfield High School Girls' Volleyball Team is sponsoring its second "Play for Pink" on Oct. 1 to raise funds and promote public awareness as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins.
"Play for Pink " was initiated last year and became a tribute to the girls' inspirational coach Bev Torok. Two years ago Torok revealed to her team she was diagnosed with breast cancer and pledged to battle the deadly disease. The team marveled at their coach's bravery and unyielding spirit as she continued to work while she recuperated from surgery and endured rounds of debilitating chemotherapy.
After her doctors declared her cancer-fee, Torok enlisted the team's help to bring more public awareness to breast cancer and raise funds to fight it. The first "Play for Pink" raised more than $8,000. This year's event is planned for Friday, Oct. 1 when the junior varsity and varsity teams play on their home court at the high school.
The event centers around a "Pink Out, " where all the team members will be wearing special pink T-shirts and play with an official pink volleyball. Pink - the color which has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness -- will be everywhere. Pink lemonade and pink cupcakes will be sold at the concession stands and pink placards, giving information on breast cancer, will be on display at the high school. A serving contest will be held after the junior varsity game and winners will receive prizes donated from local merchants. Breast cancer survivors are also honored in a special procession lead by Torok at the conclusion of the event.
The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door. Anyone wearing pink is admitted free.