The annual Pink Out volleyball game to support breast cancer research typically has fans decked out in pink and packed like sardines into Pigott Arena to cheer on the Varsity Volleyball team as they take on another school. The crowd includes current students, faculty, family members, alumni, and friends and is a highlight of the school year.
Though this year’s fundraiser looked a bit different, the excitement still radiated throughout campus, where there was an overwhelming display of pink amongst students and faculty. The game took place in the Field House to provide better spacing with a crowd limited to 75 people, all of them students, and the varsity team played Canterbury faculty members in a spirited game. The game was also livestreamed in Steele Lecture Hall so more students could enjoy the event.
“Our team was determined to keep the tradition alive and make this event happen in a fun and safe way,” Varsity Volleyball Coach and Assistant Dean of Students EJ Soifersmith said. “This is such an important cause. We’re so grateful to have support from the entire community and to still be able to get everyone together, even virtually.” The Varsity team was captained by Lily Greenwood ’21 and Abigail Mitchell ’22, and the Harrington MVP Award was given to Stella McCormack ’21. Between donations and the sale of commemorative items, the event raised over $2,800 for the cause.
Not all the action took place in the field house. Just outside, the Fall Fest offered plenty of snacks in the way of fresh popcorn and cotton candy to fuel up the players and spectators, and had fire pits, trivia, lawn games, and dodgeball for students to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. As one of the last weekends on campus before our students depart for Thanksgiving and begin a period of remote learning prior to our Winter Break, it was one for the books. We loved seeing our Saints have so much fun (and also help out a great cause!)!