For the second consecutive year, the Hesston College volleyball program will host “Think Pink,” a fund-raising event in which fans are encouraged to wear pink to signify support for breast cancer awareness.


For the second consecutive year, the Hesston College volleyball program will host “Think Pink,” a fund-raising event in which fans are encouraged to wear pink to signify support for breast cancer awareness.

Throughout the first day of the Hesston Invitational, today and Saturday during Homecoming Weekend, a donation box will be available, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The idea to host an awareness event came prior to last season when Debra Forshee, mother of 2008 Hesston College graduates and student athletes Jocelyn Forshee (volleyball) and Jessica Forshee (basketball), was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hesston College volleyball coach Vanessa Schroeder hopes this year’s event will generate even more support than last year.

“Central National Bank (Hesston) sponsored pink game jerseys for us this year,” said Schroeder. “The great thing is that we’ll be able to use them not only this year, but for future Hesston Invitational tournaments and other volleyball matches that feature breast cancer awareness.”

The Larks will sport their new pink jerseys after the Hesston Invitational, when they travel to Highland Community College for an October 10 district match, also a fund-raiser event for breast cancer awareness.

Today’s matches begin at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Schroeder said matches will begin as soon as the previous ones end and will likely run ahead of schedule.

Hesston kicks things off Friday with a match against district rival Dodge City Community College at 2 p.m. In the 8 p.m. nightcap, the Larks go up against Brookhaven (Texas) Community College, ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III, according to the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

Saturday matches are scheduled for 9 and 11 a.m., as well as 1 and 3 p.m. Hesston is slated for the 11 a.m. match versus Allen County Community College.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is a world leader in the fight to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures.

To date, the Komen Foundation has invested $1 billion in research, education and health services.