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Varsity Volleyball Plays for a Cause at Annual Pink Out Game

Kelly Slonaker

The annual Pink Out volleyball game to support breast cancer research returned to a “pinkified” Pigott Arena this year to the delight of Saints. The game took place on Friday, October 8, against the School of the Holy Child (Rye, NY), and the Saints were victorious, winning 3–2. The event is a highlight of the year and typically has the entire school cheering in support.

To comply with indoor event mandates in the State of Connecticut, Pigott was limited to 100 masked spectators, most of them students, with the Sixth Form having the first choice to attend. The game was also livestreamed via the projector in the Steers Center Ragland Commons so more students could enjoy the Pink Out. Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the event by dressing in pink, purchasing commemorative masks, and making donations. All funds raised from this year’s event will be donated to PinkAid, an organization based in Connecticut and Long Island, NY, whose mission is to help underserved breast cancer patients survive treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening and financial assistance to those in need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. Sarina Sheth ’22 created a Compassion Board that was displayed outside the arena for supporters to write words of strength and encouragement for those battling cancer.

“This year‘s Pink Out was one of the best yet! Even with the limited number of fans, the excitement and energy were unbelievable,” Varsity Volleyball Coach and Director of Community Life Elyse (EJ) Soifersmith said. “I am extremely proud of the team. They played their hearts out and truly played together. The match included long, intense and exciting volleys, and the fans were incredible—it was certainly a night to remember. It was especially great to be part of something bigger than ourselves and play for such an important cause. It was a great moment and a great memory for the Canterbury community at large.” The varsity team is captained by Abigail Mitchell ’22, who also received the Harrington MVP Award for her performance in the game, and Alexandra Meola ’23 and Sofia Vial ’23 are the team’s assistant captains.