SALEM — Salem High’s varsity and JV volleyball squads traded in their red and white jerseys for pink ones last night, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Last night’s matches against Beverly also raised money for the Side Out Foundation’s Dig Pink campaign, which encourages high school and college volleyball teams and coaches to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.
“We’ve been to some other high schools who’ve done it in the past and we decided to do it this week,” said Salem varsity volleyball head coach Craig Massey, about the teams’ decision to support Dig Pink.
While the game itself didn’t end as hoped for the Witches — the varsity team lost 3-2 — students, faculty and family members showed their support, both financially with their donations and visibly with pink ribbons and sweatshirts.
“It was definitely a success for the first year we were trying to do it,” said Salem varsity head coach Craig Massey after the game.
In addition to their jerseys, players also sported pink ribbons, headbands, socks and shoelaces. Massey also donned a pink shirt and tie for the event. Superintendent Stephen Russell wore pink during the game, and the team’s scorekeeper, a student at Salem High, dyed his hair pink for the cause.
“Everybody knows somebody who’s been touched by breast cancer,” said Massey, adding that both his mother and assistant coach Lori Marenda’s mother have battled the disease.
Although he didn’t have a complete tally last night, Massey guessed that the teams easily collected more than their $500 goal.
“It was a great success and we will definitely be doing it next year,” he said. “We didn’t get the result on the court that we wanted, but the result off the court was amazing.”
For more information about the Side Out Foundation or the Dig Pink campaign, visit www.side-out.org.