<P><B>Sept. 25, 2006</B><P>
The University of Dayton volleyball team will help in fight against breast cancer with its "Dig for the Cure" program to raise money for the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
<P>Dayton's designated "Dig for the Cure" match for the 2006 season will be Friday, October 13 when the Flyers host Rhode Island at 6 p.m.
<P>Individual sponsors can pledge money per dig earned by the Flyers on Oct. 13, or make a flat donation to the cause.
<P>This season marks the second time that Dayton volleyball has taken part in the "Dig for the Cure" program. Last season, the Flyers raised nearly $3,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Four Atlantic 10 schools (Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne and Rhode Island) took part in the program last season and combined to raise $10,083.45 for breast cancer awareness organizations. In 2006, all 10 Atlantic 10 volleyball participating institutions will take part in the campaign.
<P>"We were approached with the idea for this program by Charlotte Head Coach Lisa Marston last season and were glad to help out," UD Head Coach <A HREF="http://daytonflyers.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/mtt/horsmon_tim00.html" >Tim Horsmon</a> said. "The ideals of our university and the volleyball program are to be active members of the community and to help those in need. This program achieves both of those goals."
<P>Those interested in pledging money can do so at any UD home match prior to October 13 or by calling the Dayton volleyball office at (937) 229-5632.
<P>The "Dig for the Cure" campaign was brought to UD by Atlantic 10 second-year member Charlotte who originally started the program in 2003 under 49ers Head Coach Lisa Marston. The 49ers have raised over $2,500 in each of the first three years of the program, which has spread to all of the schools in Conference USA and is now getting growing throughout Atlantic 10 Conference Schools as well.
<P><b><i>About the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (courtesy of the foundation's website):</b></i>
<P>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&reg; 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.
<P>For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE&reg; (1.800.462.9273). You can keep up with the Komen Foundation's Greater Cincinnati Affiliate online at www.komencincinnati.org.