WIU’s Twelfth Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament Begins Monday

The Big Pink Volleyball Tournament is returning this October for its 12th year at WIU. Scheduled October 8 through October 11, dozens of teams play for fun, to raise money, and support a good cause. This year, the Inter-Hall Council (IHC) will be co-sponsoring the tournament with Campus Recreation.

In previous years, Thompson Hall was the co-sponsor for Big Pink Volleyball, but because the residence hall is undergoing renovations this year, IHC is stepping up. Inter-Hall Council President Matt Jeslis spoke of all the planning that goes into making an event like Big Pink successful. “Not only have we donated money, but we’ve provided [members] to be on the Big Pink committee. Three of the six members are [from IHC],” Jeslis said. Additionally, public relations and recruiting efforts are other facets of IHC’s role in the tournament.

The Big Pink Volleyball Tournament is single-elimination tournament. The teams are separated by five brackets: Residence Halls, Clubs/Organizations, Greeks, Faculty/Staff, and Independents. Teams will play with a four-foot wide hot pink ball. Prizes will be awarded to the team who wins the tournament as well as the team with best costumes, designed around the theme “Around the World”. Students plan to dress up in costumes native to the countries they would like to visit.

Jeslis mentioned he is going to again participate in Big Pink this year. He said he does it because “it’s a lot of fun, and it’s for a good cause. I can’t imagine a better way to have fun and support a great cause.”

I asked Ethan Knight, president of Sigma Tau Delta, why he is getting involved in Big Pink Volleyball. He explained he had multiple reasons for playing. “Obviously, the cause is great–and since I had the opportunity to get Sigma Tau Delta involved this year, why not?” he said. “Projects like this show how easily people can be rallied for a cause. As long as there is a little initiative, effort, and imagination, it really is possible to make an impact and a difference in people’s lives.”

As Knight said, Big Pink Volleyball is a wonderful cause as well as great fun for both participants and viewers. All proceeds from Big Pink will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Mammogram Assistance Program, and other cancer screenings locally at McDonough County Hospital. With the multiplicity of students who play Big Pink every year, hearty donations (in every sense of  the word), are given.

Megan Grove, an English major, says she enjoys supporting Big Pink Volleyball so much that she’s been involved every year she’s been at WIU. “It was always something I enjoyed supporting, not only because it was great cause but because my building put on the event,” Grove said. “This year it is a campus wide involvement, and I think it is more important than ever to show my continuous support. It is a great cause in raising money for breast cancer awareness, which is something I am proud to support.”

You can find more information about Big Pink Volleyball through this news release http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=10119. Additional information can be found at http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/campus_recreation/special_events/index.php/.

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