MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Berry College volleyball team, partnering with the Emory University volleyball program and Berry's Colleges Against Cancer group, raised a grand total of $2,794 in support of the Side-Out Foundation following Tuesday's matchup between the two programs.
In honor of Karson Beaty's decade long battle with breast cancer, student athletes from both teams competed in pink socks, pink shoe laces and other pink accessories in a Cage Center arena adorned with decorations. Beaty, Berry setter Jordan Leitch's older sister, lost her battle to breast cancer on August 4th of this year but not before inspiring those around her.
Just before the teams took the court for the national anthem, Leitch shared a few words about the legacy of her sister, thanking everyone for the support and encouragement they shared with her family by attending the match. With funds raised through donations, as well as pink t-shirt sales, Leitch was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Berry and Emory communities, shown in the nearly $800 raised above and beyond the two teams' $2,000 fundraising goal.
"I'm just overjoyed after Tuesday night," shared Leitch. "The support was amazing and very much appreciated. I could not stop smiling after the match was over."
All proceeds from the night went directly to the Side-Out Foundation, an organization that partners with volleyball teams all over the country to support scientific research and hope in the match against breast cancer.
The Vikings' first ever 3-0 victory over the Eagles added the finishing touch to a night that the Berry College volleyball program will remember for years to come.
"I want to thank everyone for supporting our Dig Pink match," head coach Caitlyn Moriarty said. "The amount we raised is amazing. Our crowd during the match was electric and gave our team an extra spark to win in three sets against the No. 4 team in the country."