Every year the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) uses its popularity to raise breast cancer awareness
during its Dig Pink Game, though this years match means even more to players, according to the team's website.
Former player Jen Mertz Will was diagnosed with the disease in April of this year and is currently battling against it.
"Every year our Dig Pink Game means so much to our team, but this year it is that much more meaningful with one of our former players currently battling breast cancer," said head coach Steve Payne. "With this hitting so close to home for our volleyball family, we are motivated to reach our goal in raising money for breast cancer awareness."
This year's big event will be on October 18 - smack dab in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Will will be there to show support.
"I think it is great that the IUPUI volleyball team is participating in the Dig Pink event," Will said. " Anything that can be done to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and breast cancer patients is a good thing.The fact that Dig Pink can rally teams across the country at various levels, whether its high school or college, is powerful."
Getting annual mammograms is key in catching the disease early. According to BreastCancer.org, between 70 and 80 percent of cases occur in women who have no family history of the illness.