The Westfield High School Girls’ Volleyball Team is sponsoring its third annual “Play for Pink” tournament on Friday Oct.14, to raise funds and promote public awareness as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins.

“Play for Pink” was initiated two years ago and became a tribute to the girls’ inspirational coach Bev Torok. Three years ago, Torok revealed to her team that 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.

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After her doctors declared her cancer-free, Torok enlisted the team’s help to bring more public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds to fight it. The first “Play for Pink” raised more than $8000, the second raised over $12,000. This year’s event is planned for Friday, Oct. 14 when the freshmen team, junior varsity and varsity teams play on their home court at the high school. This year the games are against neighboring Cranford High School.

The Freshman game begins at 4 p.m., the JV game at 5:30 p.m., and the Varsity game at 7 p.m. A serving contest will be held after the JV game and winners will receive prizes donated from local merchants. There will also be a refreshment stand. Breast cancer survivors are also honored in a special procession lead by Coach 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. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research. Come out and support a worthy cause!

PLAY FOR PINK: October 14 at Westfield High School Gymnasium, 550 Dorian Road, Westfield