Viera volleyball will host MCC in 12th annual Pink Game


Viera High's Delaney Lott, right, shares a laugh with teammate Shaine Horvath during last year's Pink Game. The Hawks will host Melbourne Central Catholic on Oct. 3 in this year's Pink Game matchup.


It’s the date every Viera High School volleyball player looks forward to.

And this season, that date is Oct. 3.

That’s when the Hawks will host Melbourne Central Catholic in the 12th annual Pink Game. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national organization that raises money for breast cancer research.

The action will get under way at 5:15 p.m. with the freshman game, followed by the JV matchup at 6:15 and then the varsity contest which is set to begin at 7:15.

Players from both teams will wear pink uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear pink shirts to the event.

“It is so fun,” Viera senior Shaine Horvath said. “We love having it at home. It’s always such a huge deal. We love it when a big crowd comes out.

“We talk about it for weeks in advance, and everyone comes in their pink shirts. It’s a lot of fun. Hopefully, we can get a big crowd out.”

Once again, this year’s matchup will feature basket giveaways and a serving contest for prizes. The gym’s concession stand also will be open.

Viera coach Sarah Wayne, who lost her aunt to breast cancer in 2013, estimated the event has raised close to $30,000 through the years.

“It’s going to be during our Spirit Week, so Wednesday (Oct. 3) will be Pink Day at school,” Wayne said. “The SGA (Student Government Association) will be involved. Every year, we try to make it really big.”