After a year off, the Soldotna High School volleyball program will put on a Dig Pink event Tuesday.
The event starts with a C team match between the Stars and Kenai Central at 3:30 p.m. A junior varsity match will follow, and the Kardinals-Stars varsity match will start about 6 p.m.
All players will wear special T-shirts with the Dig Pink logo.
Dig Pink matches are fundraisers for the Side-Out Foundation. According to the organization's website, Side-Out was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches in working toward breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.
Soldotna hosted its first Dig Pink match three years ago against Skyview and the Stars made quite a splash, edging Skyview on the court and raising over $6,000.
Stars coach Bruce King said that amount put SoHi's Dig Pink event fifth in the nation for the nearly 300 high schools that participated. That year, SoHi was awarded a Philanthropic Achievement Award by the Side-Out Foundation.
Two years ago, SoHi again defeated Skyview on the floor, but King said the Stars did not raise as much money.
This year, King said he thinks the event can top the $6,000 from three years ago. He said $3,000 has already been raised thanks to donations from more than 50 local businesses.
"Our goal is to beat that record," King said of Soldotna's top-five finish. "I don't know how much other schools have upped their game, but I think we're on pace to raise more money."
There is a lot more fundraising that will be done today at the matches:
- Dig Pink T-shirts will be for sale.
- There will be a balloon sale. Each balloon will have a certificate for an item inside, and the balloon is popped to see what the certificate is.
- There will be a bake sale.
- There will be a silent auction including items such as trips, plane tickets and custom wood furniture.
This will be the first time Kenai Central is included in the Dig Pink matches. King said the Kardinals had expressed interest in being involved in the Dig Pink match in the past, and he said the schedule for this year was perfect for including Kenai.
Soldotna comes into the match at 2-3 in the Northern Lights Conference, while the Kards have not won a conference match.
"It's an opportunity for players from both teams to play in front of a big crowd," King said. "They don't get a chance to play in front of a lot of people that often."