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Massapequa Volleyball Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

This year, the Massapequa girls varsity volleyball team once again held its Dig Pink night. The event was one of the highlights of the many activities held in the Massapequa School District to support breast cancer awareness.  About $6,600 was raised for breast cancer research.

The effort, led by volleyball coach CarolAnn Habeeb-Kiel, has collectively raised close to $50,000 over the past five years. Community support runs high, especially the night of the Dig Pink match where the color engulfs the gymnasium and the adjoining lobby. Pink-clad spectators fill the stands as the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams sport pink uniforms and headbands, and play their games with pink volleyballs.  

The Chiefettes kickline, the varsity cheerleaders, the McKenna Elementary School Show Choir and the Unqua Elementary School Chorus entertained the crowd. Following an American Cancer Society presentation, a special flower ceremony was held where each player on the Massapequa varsity team presents a pink carnation to a member of the visiting team as a symbol of hope in the battle against breast cancer.

Many thanks go out to everyone who participated in this year’s Dig Pink event and Think Pink efforts,” Habeeb-Kiel said to supporters. “Because of you, and the generosity and support of our community, the volleyball booster club, local businesses and staff members throughout the district, we have made impact on fighting this dreaded disease.”

In addition, several high school athletic teams, including girls tennis, field hockey, boys volleyball, boys junior varsity football and girls junior varsity soccer all helped raise funds that were passed on to the girls volleyball team by dedicating a home game to the cause during Think Pink week. Staff and students in schools around the district also lent support by raising funds during Think Pink days.