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Dig Pink digs L-E
Lady Demon volleyballers earn award for raising funds to help fight breast cancer
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L-E VOLLEYBALL COACH Jessica Mullins is presented with the Dig Pink Award from the Side-Out Foundation by school principal Tommy Gladden. The L-E varsity, junior varsity and L-E Middle School volleyball programs combined to raise $2,000 in the fight against breast cancer while promoting awareness regarding the affliction. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
When the Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team lost to eventual state champion Hillcrest in the second round of last fall’s 4A state volleyball tournament, it ended the Lady Demons’ dreams of bringing home the state championship trophy.The plaque which the program received some three months after their final match of the 2011 season more than made up for their October disappointment.Unbeknownst to Jessica Mullins, who completed her first season at the helm of L-E’s varsity volleyball squad last fall, the program was a recipient of the 2011 Philanthropic Achievement Award after having raised more than $1,000 for the Dig Pink Side-Out Foundation.Established in 2004, The Side-Out Foundation brings volleyball players and coaches together in working toward helping spread the word as to breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. The foundation aids teams in their fundraising efforts with support and educational materials which are handed out at events and matches.With all the responsibilities which come with being a head coach, and a first-year varsity one at that, Mullins found time to help spearhead the effort in the West Wateree community. Thanks to the help and volunteer efforts of players from her team, the L-E junior varsity program, L-E Middle School and parents, L-E was able to send $2,000 to the Side-Out Foundation.Mullins thought nothing more of the effort, other than her team’s doing their fair share.

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