WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Westfield High School girls volleyball team and Breast Cancer Awareness Club will host the sixth annual Pink Out tournament on Friday, Oct. 17, starting at 4 p.m. The girls will play Union Catholic High School.
The tournaments began six years ago, after Coach Beverly Torok, a breast cancer survivor, finished her chemotherapy and decided she wanted to make a difference by doing something positive for other people fighting breast cancer. After brainstorming with Coach Sara Liptack, they came up the idea of fundraising through a volleyball tournament.
“Our goal is always to increase our funds” stated Torok. “Last year we made $28,000 which still amazes me. This wouldn’t have been possible without the effort put forward by the parents and players.”
The night will kick off with the freshman game at 4 p.m., followed by the JV game at 5:30 p.m. There will then be a serving contest, then a varsity game from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., which will include captains Megan Mondon, Olivia Manning and Kaelyn Heard.
At the end of the night, there will be survivor walk, when breast cancer survivors will walk alongside the players and receive bouquets.
“All of the funds we raise from this event go to the Susan G. Komen foundation,” said Heard. To learn more about the foundation, click here.
“The best part of the night is after the games are over and you look into the stands and see the sea of pink,” said Torok. “It’s an amazing thing to see that concentrated amount of effort.”
“Put on some pink clothing and come out to cheer on the Westfield volleyball program and help raise money for a good cause,” said Heard. “It’s going to be an amazing night.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door. There is no set price for admission, but donations will be graciously accepted. Anyone wearing pink will be admitted for free.
There will also be a refreshment stand and a Chinese auction for baskets of prizes.