The smell of fresh beignets, hot dogs and snoballs lingered through the air as students from Dominican and Mount Carmel Academy flooded into the Siena Center on Wednesday, October 4. A sea of fans in pink boas, face paint and wigs cheered on their volleyball teams to come together for one cause-breast cancer awareness.
October, national Breast Cancer Awareness month, calls for people everywhere to participate in benefiting the “fight for the cure.” All three DHS volleyball teams joined in this unified effort by competing in the annual Pink Game, which donates all proceeds to Tulane Cancer Center’s Patient Relief Fund.
The theme for the ninth annual Pink Game, “Paint the Pitt Pink,” encouraged students and fans to dress from head to toe in pink to show their support of the cause. The combination of ticket sales, concessions and raffles totaled an impressive $13,446.66.
“It’s always amazing to see players and fans to contributing to the cure for breast cancer at the Pink Game,” volleyball coach Ms. Jessica Chatellier said. “It’s one of the highlights of the season every year.”
During the game, students cheered along with the cheerleaders, jammed out with the band and watched a halftime performance from the Debs.
Amid the screaming fans from both Dominican and Mount Carmel, both teams played their hearts out. Despite the tough loss Mount Carmel, the volleyball team played with heart and skill, a reflection of their team motto, “Heart has no limit.”
“I think our motto was very fitting for the Pink Game,” said senior Alexis Ceravola. “Even though we didn’t come out with a win, we use the quote to remember that we played for a good cause which is really rewarding.”
The contributions and proceeds from the game will provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients and families through the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, which works with the Tulane Cancer Center to raise money for the fund.
- Claire Dinwiddie