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TJC Volleyball Team Digs Pink

The TJC volleyball team traded in their usual black and gold for pink Thursday night.

The Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Rally held at TJC's Wagstaff Gymnasium during the Panola Game.

There was quite a bit of pink on the court and in the stands as fans, players and coaches showed support for those affected by breast cancer.

The Apache Lady volleyball team wore special pink shirts during the game.

Information was available from the American Cancer Society for fans about mammograms and self examinations.

About 500 fans turned out to watch the game and contribute to breast cancer research. Money was raised through T-shirt sales and donations. Proceeds will benefit the Side-Out Foundation.

"These girls are young, 18, 20 years old," Coach Dana Hatch said of her players. "My daughter has a friend who's 27 with breast cancer. She's clear now, but they got through so much and it does hit young girls. It's usually worse when it does hit younger women. It's a good time for them to realize it's something they need to be taking care of."

"It happens to everybody," Coach Hatch said. "It doesn't just happen to somebody that's not in good shape or it doesn't happen to somebody that's really fit. It happens to all of us. So it's kind of important that they realize it and that they make decisions that will help their health the rest of their lives."

TJC defeated Panola in four games:  (TJC) 25-21, (Panola) 27-25, (TJC) 25-15, (TJC) 25-23.

UT Tyler will host Dig for the Cure Saturday, October 25, at 1 p.m. at the Herrington Patriot Center. General admission is $5. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundations.

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