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Smithsburg's 'Dig Pink' Night set for Oct. 8

September 30, 2009

Hundreds of volleyball teams around the country, from high school to college, will be participating in the "Dig Pink" National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally during the month of October.

The Smithsburg High School volleyball team's special night will be Oct. 8, when it hosts Clear Spring. Smithsburg has already raised more than $1,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"Our goal is not only to give money to the Foundation, but to the Cumberland Valley Foundation," said Smithsburg coach Rachel Brashear.

"We'll have T-shirts and a bake sale the night of the game," said Brashear, who lost an aunt to cancer six years ago.

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Brashear said the teams will used an approved pink and white volleyball for the match and both will don special pink uniform tops donated by Russell Athletic.

"We're playing for something bigger than just the game," said Brashear. "We're excited for the whole event. The whole Smithsburg community thrives on events like this and always helps give back."

Brashear said there also will be a bike ride on Saturday -- from Smithsburg High School to Break Away II restaurant, north of Hagerstown on Pennsylvania Avenue, and back -- beginning around noon. Cost per biker is $25, which goes to the fundraising effort. Each participant will receive a free meal at the restaurant.

At Hagerstown Community College, the Hawks will help raise funds on Monday when they go against College of Southern Maryland at 7 p.m. The college will have a "Dig Pink" bake sale and there will be raffles and T-shirt giveaways.

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