October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and several Northeast Michigan volleyball teams are are doing their part by hosting Pink Games to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
"I think it's a lot of fun and we look forward to being able to help out our community. It's a fun thing and it's still competitive, but for a good cause," Hillman volleyball player Jensen Tchorzynski said.
During these games, players wear all pink uniforms and play with pink balls. A variety of items, such as t-shirts, hats, cookies and baked goods are available at each game's concession stand. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Each team that participates in a Pink Game looks forward to the competition that comes during each match and for the chance to help out community.
Players also like to focus on the more fun and lighthearted aspects of the game. For example, many players get excited about their new pink uniforms or for other events occurring during the game.
"They get to wear tie dyed pink shirts and they're looking forward to wearing those. They're also looking forward to playing Hillman again on parents night. Hillman is always a fun and exciting game for us," Posen coach Michelle Mulka said.
What: Local area "pink" volleyball games to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.
Hillman at Posen October 10th
Alcona at Oscoda October 15th
Fairview at Alcona October 22nd
Onaway at MancelonaOctober 22nd
Hillman vs. AtlantaOctober 22nd
For some teams, such as Onaway, this is the first year they'll have participated in a Pink Game.
"Mancelona has done Pink Games before and felt the desire to do one this year. The girls on the team were really excited about it and the chance to help out the community. They're also really excited about wearing the pink jerseys," Onaway head coach Steve Watson said.
Other teams, such as Hillman and Alcona, will participate in more than one Pink Game. Hillman will participate in Pink Games in Posen and Atlanta while Alcona will participate in Oscoda's Pink Game and its own home game.
Alcona is one of many area teams that have hosted Pink Games in the past and the Tigers enjoy participating in each year's game.
"Everyone looks forward to it every year. They know they're doing something for a good cause and it pumps them up to help people in our community our local for breast cancer research. Some of them even know (breast cancer) survivors," Alcona coach Kristi Arnold said.
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