This week, WVU Tech student organizations and student-athletes are teaming up to raise funds for the CAMC Cancer Center in Charleston to support women who cannot afford breast cancer screenings.
The newly established Black Student Union and WVU Tech’s Sports Studies Club are hosting a Pink Out Volleyball Night on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears will face off against Emory and Henry College, where players on both teams will be wearing pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Attendees are also encouraged to wear pink, and the groups will be selling t-shirts for $15 and long sleeve shirts for $20 in advance of the event starting Monday, October 26 in the Engineering building and at other spots around campus. Supporters may also purchase shirts at the game in addition to $1 pink ribbons to wear at the event. Proceeds from shirt and ribbon sales will be given to the cancer center.
“We put our minds together and created this event with the hopes of getting both of our names out there and for students to see what both organizations are about and what we do here on campus,” said Janay Wright-Parks, a WVU Tech Health Services Administration major and President of the Black Student Union. “This is just a fun event for people to support one of our sports teams here on campus and to help save lives with early detection for breast cancer.”
The WVU Tech volleyball team is also hosting a Color Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, October 31 during Homecoming weekend. Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 9 a.m.
Participants in the walk/run will cover a two-mile route that starts in the parking lot behind Martin Field and ends at the grassy area between Maclin and Ratliff residence halls. The participants – clad in white – will move through color stations where they’ll have colored powder tossed at them.
Participants can sign up by contacting Chelsea Dean or Keyonna Marrow. Early registration costs $5 and the fee to enter the walk/run on the day of the event is $7. Registration fees and donations from this event will also go to the cancer center to help fund breast cancer screenings.
“We chose CAMC Cancer Center because there are many out there who cannot afford early screening, who, with this donation, will be able to walk in and work with doctors and nurses to ensure that they can receive the medical assistance they need to continue leading a healthy lifestyle,” said forensic science major and volleyball player Chelsea Dean, who organized the run.
Dean stressed that all participants should wear white and that the walk/run is open to anyone.
“Remember that this is not just a run. It is a fun walk/run. We are supporting a great cause that will benefit a lot of people. There will also be baked goods at the finish line, so after some exercise, you can reward yourself with a little treat,” she said.