On Friday, October 7, Pigott Arena became “Pink Out” Arena as the Saints community came out in full force for the annual volleyball match and fundraiser in support of breast cancer awareness and assistance. It was a sea of pink, from colorful decorations adorning the hallways and gym to enthusiastic fans filling the arena for a terrific cause. The cheering faithful were ecstatic to be attending the first full-scale Pink Out since 2019, with COVID restrictions limiting the event the last two years.
The fan support definitely had an impact—our Varsity Volleyball team earned a three-set win over Hamden Hall Country Day School! Addison Lau '25 received the Harrington MVP Award for the match.
The players were excited and grateful to be competing before a packed house for Pink Out. “This is the first year of my high school career that we were allowed to fill the gym,” said Morgan Lau ’24. “The team looked out at the stands and saw a whole community that had our backs. Pink Out is something much bigger than ourselves, and it feels amazing to be a part of it.”
Sofia Vial ’23 was in complete agreement with her teammate. “I have been a part of four Pink Outs. I love this tradition that Canterbury Volleyball implemented to raise awareness and bring the campus together,” she shared. “I am glad I was able to have a full-blown Pink Out before I graduated. The end of the game was a very sentimental moment for me.”
During the week leading up to the game, students held a highly successful bake sale and sold pink attire to be worn all day Friday. Donations were accepted before and during the event, and bracelets were distributed so everyone could show their support.
“The Canterbury family really came together,” said Elyse “EJ” Soifersmith, Volleyball Head Coach and Director of Community Life. “This may have been the biggest Pink Out student section ever. It is always packed, but this one was unbelievable!”