Oct. 15, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – “To infinity and beyond!” Buzz Lightyear uttered this iconic line in the Disney classic Toy Story nearly 20 years ago this November.

To commemorate the movie, the University of Notre Dame volleyball team is having Toy Story Night Friday (7 p.m. ET) against Duke at Purcell Pavilion.

Here’s what fans can expect out of the evening:

  1. Youth can bring a friend for free after purchasing a youth ticket.
  1. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Toy Story character ââ’¬¦ those that dress up will have a chance to participate in the halftime contest.
  1. Free Shirt Friday ââ’¬¦ the first 500 fans will receive a free Notre Dame volleyball t-shirt when they walk in the door.
  1. Friday Night Block Part ââ’¬¦ if Notre Dame reaches nine blocks the entire arena receives a 25% off coupon from Papa John’s.

Sunday’s contest against Wake Forest is Notre Dame’s annual Block Out Cancer match, with all proceeds benefiting Saint Joseph’s Health System and the Women’s Task Force.

Last year the Irish raised $3,582 after totaling $6,700 in 2013, $10,054 in 2012 and $8,613 in 2011. Notre Dame previously led the nation in donations in 2008 ($6,655) and 2010 ($10,300).

This year’s fundraisers include pink t-shirts for $15 and a silent auction featuring Notre Dame volleyball, football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball items.

Fans that have a Notre Dame vs. USC football ticket will be admitted to Purcell for free.

All attendees are encouraged to wear pink to #PinkOutPurcell and arrive early to cheer on the Irish as they warm up for their 1 p.m. (ET) match against the Demon Deacons.

Individual match tickets for Notre Dame volleyball are on sale throughout the rest of the season. Visit und.com/tickets or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information.

For the latest Irish volleyball coverage, be sure to log on to UND.com or follow the program on Facebook (/NDVolleyball), Twitter (@NDVolleyball), Instagram (NDVBall) and Snapchat (NDVolleyball).

–Russell Dorn, Athletics Communications Assistant Director