Notre Dame plays host to Pittsburgh on Oct. 12 for the program's second annual Dig for the Cure match.

Irish Prep For Second Annual Dig For The Cure

Sept. 29, 2008

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame volleyball team has partnered with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure grassroots network of Northern Indiana to present its second annual Dig for the Cure in an effort to raise money towards breast cancer research during an Oct. 12 match with Pittsburgh.

“We’re very excited to host our second annual Dig for the Cure match,” Irish head coach Debbie Brown said. “We were very pleased with the results from last season and hope to not only increase the level of giving but the awareness in our community for this cause.”

Lisa Marston, the Charlotte volleyball coach who wanted to get her team involved in a community service project, helped kickstart Dig for the Cure in 2003. The concept started at the local level and now includes over 100 college and high school teams participating annually.

The Susan G. Komen For the Cure group hopes to raise over $250,000 in 2008. Notre Dame raised over $6,000 in 2007, the sixth-highest total raised by participating programs last season.

Fans will be afforded a number of opportunities to show their support for this event. Brown will donate $5 for each of her team’s digs during the match against the Panthers, and the Irish welcome fans and local businesses to match or exceed that amount.

Commemorative adidas Dig for the Cure t-shirts are currently available for purchase at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, and each home volleyball match. Fans wearing the shirt to the Pittsburgh match will be admitted for free. A number of other promotional items – including pink Crocs – will be distributed at the match as well. Proceeds from shirt sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Each Irish player will be wearing a commemorative jersey donated by adidas during this BIG EAST showdown to recognize the event and each jersey will be auctioned off at the end of the match. A live auction will take place during intermission of the Oct. 12 match featuring autographed t-shirts and game balls along with additional volleyball memorabilia. There will be a silent action for fans to place bids on game-worn jerseys.

For more details, please contact Matt Swearingen ( with Notre Dame Sports Marketing at 574.631.8393.