La Jolla volleyball digs for ‘the Cure’

By Phil Dailey

Staff Writer

It’s not uncommon in today’s sports world to see a Major League Baseball player swing a pink bat or an NFL player wear pink cleats. It is all a part of increasing awareness for breast cancer.

Just as MLB does for Mother’s Day and the NFL does for the month of October, La Jolla High is also getting in on the fight for breast cancer Thursday

with its first “Dig for the Cure” event.

The idea started with Ryan Farley, a junior on the volleyball team. Farley was in her English class last year and needed to come up with a humanities project.

“I noticed other teams doing it also, so I wanted to incorporate it in our team,” Farley said.

The team will earn money through the sale of T-shirts, pink volleyballs, baked goods and donations, which will take the place of admission to the match against Grossmont High.

Other teams in the area that have done similar events including La Jolla Country Day, whose fundraiser the past two seasons has been spearheaded by senior Molly Rogers. According to the San Diego chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, about 10 high schools in the San Diego area are currently hosting “Dig” fundraisers.

“I started researching different organizations to donate to and different way to we could raise money and involve all three teams — varsity, JV and freshman, Farley said. “It kinda morphed into a community thing.”

The proceeds for the event go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, which is the world ‘s largest breast cancer organization. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will be directed to the San Diego chapter, the rest goes to the national organization.

“I think someone from my team taking the initiative to set something up like this for La Jolla High School means a lot to me,” said La Jolla High head coach Tina Kinkhead. “There are so many different outfits doing something for the cure, and I just feel like every little bit can make a difference. Whatever it is we come up with (monetarily) is going to make a difference.”

For the players, the event is more than just playing a volleyball match.

“It’s something that affects a lot of people, everyone knows someone (who has cancer) … it’s a really good cause and can affect so many people, everyone can relate to it so it’s a really good thing that we’re doing,” junior JD Neri said.

For Megan Micheletti, it’s knowing that she and her teammates are helping their community while playing a game that enjoy.

“I think it makes it more important, not only being not only to be able to play volleyball, but also know that you’re helping out a ton of people,” she said.

Thursday’s match begins at 6 p.m.