Viera will host Astronaut in 13th annual Pink Game


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Viera High School's Madi Hintz (No. 3) and Kelly Merz (No. 1) share a laugh during last year's Pink Game against Melbourne Central Catholic. This year, the Hawks will host Astronaut on Oct. 7 in their annual game to benefit breast cancer research.

CARL KOTALA

It’s the one night all Viera High School volleyball players and fans look for as soon as the Hawks’ schedule comes out.

This year, that night is
Oct. 7.

That’s when the Hawks will host Astronaut in the 13th 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.

“I love the Pink Game,” Viera senior Delaney Lott said. “It’s probably my favorite game of the year because (we get) the most spirit from the school.

“It’s done during Spirit Week, so everyone dresses out. It’s just really exciting. And then there are the (gift) baskets … everyone pitches in and we get to make a lot of money for that. I love the Pink Game.”

The night will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the freshman game, followed by the JV contest at 6:15 and then the varsity game, which is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Players from both teams will wear pink uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear pink shirts to show their support.

In past years, cancer survivors are asked to stand before the game and are presented with a rose by the players.

The gym’s concession stand also will be open and there will be a serving contest during the varsity game. The winning numbers for the gift baskets will be read following the Viera-Astronaut contest.

Viera coach Sarah Wayne, who lost her aunt to breast cancer, has previously estimated the game has brought in close to $30,000.

“We’re going to have Pink Day for Homecoming Week at the school and we’re going to have a huge crowd to see what we can do to raise money for a great cause that I’ve been a part of ever since I first started coaching,” Wayne said. “We started the year off giving back. We did some community service with the girls at the beginning of the year.

“It’s just kind of one of those things where I always want to teach the girls that it’s about more than just pass, set, hit.”