The Westfield High School Girls Volleyball team has been selected to receive the 'Teens for the Cure Award' by Susan G. Komen of North Jersey at an appreciation dinner to be held Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Each October, the team hosts its annual 'Pink Out' tournament to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The event typically raises $20,000, according to the Westfield school district.
The tradition began as a way for the team to support its coach, Bev Torok, who was diagnosed with the disease. Torok, who continues to coach, will attend the awards ceremony.
At last year's fourth annual Pink Out, Westfield athletics supervisor Sandy Mamary said the event is one the community is proud to support.
"Everybody rallies for this," she said. "By now, people know it's a real worthwhile cause."Following the games, survivors are recognized and presented with bouquet of flowers during a short ceremony. This year's Pink Out will be held on Friday, Oct. 11.
"As I say every year, it is an incredible experience to be a part of," said Sara Liptack, WHS earth science teacher and junior varsity volleyball coach. "The parent volunteers, players, and whole Westfield community come together for a great cause. As a teacher that likes to 'do good,' it warms my heart to see such dedication from the incredible young women that we are lucky to have on our team. I hope that their experience with our fundraising efforts instills the desire in them to continue on with similar endeavors later in their lives."