Volleyball squads compete to fight breast cancer

Volleyball squads compete to fight breast cancer
Varsity volleyball squads from Bishop Kenny and Bolles put their rivalry to work supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Pink Out, 13- year annual tradition where the Bishop Kenny and Bolles volleyball squads compete to raise money to help fight breast cancer, took place Oct. 8 on the Bolles campus. 

Bishop Kenny won the match, 3-1.

The varsity volleyball match-up between the two schools provides support to the Donna Foundation and its’ mission to provide financial assistance and support to those living with breast cancer and help fund ground-breaking breast cancer research.  This year, the Bolles volleyball team donated $1,450 by selling t-shirts for the fight against breast cancer.  

According to Bishop Kenny Head Coach Suzanne Winkler, the genesis of the annual Pink Out game started in 2008 at the suggestion of Bolles Head Volleyball Coach Elise Bush.  “Elise asked whether or not, in light of the heightened consciousness about breast cancer, we could dedicate one of our games in support of breast cancer awareness.  I thought it was a great idea, and an even better idea to put our rivalry with Bolles to work for a good cause.” 

After Bush passed away in February 2018, Bolles Head Volleyball Coach Madison Lee continued the tradition of the Pink Out game. Bush was recently inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Hosting responsibilities are shared by the two schools every other year in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

Numerous programs across the First Coast now hold similar Dig Pink or Pink Out matches.  Winkler shared her thoughts on missing Coach Bush, “She was an unbelievable mentor and every time we do it, I think about her.  She was just always doing it for the right reason; she motivated so many people and touched so many lives.  She was definitely missed by us all tonight!”

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