Miami To Participate in Dig for the Cure Campaign Oct. 7

Miami To Participate in Dig for the Cure Campaign Oct. 7

Sept. 12, 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla.- The University of Miami volleyball team will again participate in the “Dig for the Cure” campaign to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as part of its Oct. 7 match against Georgia Tech at the Knight Sports Complex.

The UM volleyball team will be soliciting donations from sponsors to either make a flat donation to the cause or to pledge money per dig recorded by the Hurricanes versus the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, Oct. 7.

“Dig for the Cure is a great cause and a great thing for our student athletes to be a part of,” head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. “We were able raise quite a bit of money last year in our first effort and we’re hoping to raise even more this year.”

The Dig for the Cure campaign was originally started in 2003 by Charlotte head coach Lisa Marston and has spread to volleyball programs across the country in recent years. The Hurricanes raised $1,712 last season it their first year participating in the program. The money raised prior to and during the Sept. 22 match against Wake Forest last season went directly to the Komen Foundation’s Miami affiliate.

UM is one of 47 schools nationally and five schools in the ACC set to participate in the campaign at some point during the 2007 season.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation’s award-winning Web site at or call the Foundation’s National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).

If you are interested in making a donation or would like more information about the event, call the Miami volleyball office at (305) 284-4532 or email assistant coach Matt Botsford at