Feb. 27, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame volleyball team led the nation by raising $6,655 during the 2008 season’s Dig for the Cure match against Pittsburgh, with the entire amount donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northern Indiana to help fund breast cancer research. The 2008 Dig for the Cure campaign raised over $260,000 from college and high school programs across the nation with four programs chipping in over $6,000. More than 200 programs participated in the 2008 edition of Dig for the Cure.
“I was really pleased with the event, and the participation and support we received from the community,” Irish head coach Debbie Brown said. “Everyone knows that this is such an important cause to stand behind, and it’s one that touches many of us in some way. Being able to take part in this event and give back to the community means a lot to our program.”
The 2008 campaign marked the second time in as many years that Notre Dame exceeded the $6,000 mark, aided largely by a season-high attendance total of 1,609 fans at the Oct. 12 match. Money was raised through a silent auction of volleyball memorabilia and commemorative pink game-worn jerseys (one of which yielded $225), and donations based on the number of digs collected by the Notre Dame defense throughout the match.
“I am incredibly proud of the work the Dig for the Cure community did in raising funds for breast cancer research this year,” Dig for the Cure founder Lisa Marston said. “My goal for each program was $2,000 and a few programs went above and beyond their commitment to the cause. Notre Dame tripled that goal and I am grateful to the Notre Dame volleyball program for such an amazing effort.”