Upstate Athletics and Volleyball Play Host to "Spike Out Cancer," Oct. 8

October 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the USC Upstate Athletics Department, volleyball team and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announce the team’s Spike-Out Cancer event set for Saturday, Oct. 8 when the Spartans host Jacksonville at 3 p.m. in the Hodge Center.

Upstate has partnered with the Gibbs Cancer Center at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center as the recipient of all of the athletic department’s cancer awareness fundraising efforts. The Spartans encourage fans to paint the Hodge Center pink by dressing in pink to show support for the breast cancer awareness initiatives.

Prior to Upstate’s 3 p.m. match against the Dolphins, there will be a Spike-Out Cancer tailgate in the Hodge Center parking lot beginning at 1 p.m. Tailgate festivities will include a bake sale hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha and a cornhole tournament. ZTA sisters will also be on hand to distribute pink ribbons to those in attendance.

Inside the Hodge Center, volleyball t-shirts with the pink Spartan logo will be on sale for $8. Donation buckets will available at the entrances and will be passed throughout the stands during the match. A Gibbs Center guest speaker will address the crowd in between the second and third sets. Proceeds from the t-shirt and bake sales, along with all donations, will benefit the Gibbs Cancer Center. Fans are encouraged to pick up a bright pink drink koozie when leaving a donation.

For faculty and staff who would like to give a donation but can’t be in attendance at Saturday’s event, you can bring donations to the Hodge Center throughout this week and leave them with either Bill English (Hodge 110) or Mason Glick (Hodge 113). Checks should be made out to Gibbs Cancer Center.