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WCC Volleyball Teams 'Dig for the Cure'

Oct. 10, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - This fall, West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams won't be playing just for wins, but helping in the fight against breast cancer. All eight WCC schools are participating in the "Dig for the Cure" program to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, the University of Portland, Saint Mary's College, the University of San Diego, the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University have all selected a home conference match for their "Dig for the Cure" match. All seven matches will be played in the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"The WCC is proud to participate in the `Dig for the Cure' program," said WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "This is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to use their talents to help a very worthy cause."

WCC fans can sponsor their respective teams by pledging money per dig by their school in their selected match, or can make a flat donation. The money raised by each institution goes directly to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The WCC is joined by the Atlantic 10 Conference in the "Dig for the Cure" campaign as well as Central Florida, UAB, Miami, Kansas, Cincinnati, Maryland, South Florida, Presbyterian, Tusculum, Texas State, Stanford, New Hampshire, Wake Forest, Eastern Illinois, Michigan, UVA Wise, St. Andrews, Big Bend CC, South Carolina, Marietta College, University of New Orleans, SUNY Geneseo, Northwestern, Missouri Southern State, Elon, Oklahoma, Florida State, Rice, Ursuline College.

The Dig for the Cure campaign was originally started in 2003 by Charlotte Head Coach Lisa Marston, and has spread to numerous other volleyball programs across the country since.

About the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (courtesy of the foundation's website):The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273). (RG)

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