In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Oasis volleyball team has designated Monday's game against Southwest Florida Christian Academy as "Dig Pink" night at the Shark Tank.
The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity match at 6 p.m.
"To show our support, the girls will weat pink jerseys, headbands and other pink garb," said Sharks coach James Mikolajczyk. "The visiting team will be wearing pink socks to stand in unity with us as together we fight to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure. We will use a pink volleyball that will be auctioned off at the end of the night. All fans are asked to wear pink for the night."
The team is welcoming anyone currently battling cancer as well as cancer survivors to be an honored guest.
"There will be a time before the matches for us to recognize and honor you as a person, friend and family," said Mikolajczyk. "We offer free admission as our guest."
Anyone accepting the invitation is asked to email the coach at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name so they know in advance.
Also, any company or person that might be interested in donating funds, an item, a gift certificate, really anything for a silent auction on Monday night, is asked to notify Mikolajczyk.
All proceeds (including admission) from the night will go to The Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the unification of the sport of volleyball and its alliance with the movement for breast cancer awareness and education (www.side-out.org/).
A separate event is planned the next night, Wednesday, when the Sharks play Mariner (JV & varsity at 5 & 6 p.m.).
Wednesday is all about the teachers at Oasis as well as any other past or present teacher.
During the pre-game festivities for both matches, Oasis teachers and players will be introduced to the crowd.
"We will ask all other past and current teachers to stand for recognition," said Mikolajczyk.
The Oasis Show Choir will sing the National Anthem and the Honor Guard will present the colors for the evening.
"In this world where teachers seem to publicly receive so much blame, know that they are truly integral pieces leading to the success of our players and students," said Mikolajczyk.