University of Wisconsin-Stout

Oct. 24, 2011

UW-Stout, Mayo Clinic Health System and the American Cancer Society have teamed up in the fight against breast cancer. A breast cancer awareness women’s volleyball game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Johnson Fieldhouse when the Blue Devils take on UW-Oshkosh.

Admission is free. There will be contests between games, prizes and opportunities to donate money to the cause. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Staff from Mayo and the American Cancer Society will distribute information and answer questions about breast cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter at UW-Stout will sell “I Believe in PINK” T-shirts and raffle tickets.

The shirts were designed by Kate Mikutowski, a member of the Blue Devils volleyball team and an art major concentrating in graphic design. Mikutowski, a junior, is from Stillwater, Minn.

“Our student-athletes are excited to host an event that is not only a lot of fun but raises money for a great cause,” said Jill Jolliff, UW-Stout coach. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about a disease that has affected so many of our athletes.”

The Blue Devils’ awareness and fundraising campaign is part of the annual Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference initiative to join the volleyball community together in the fight against breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, an estimated 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.