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Shawnee High School Girls Volleyball Digs Pink & Teal

The annual fundraising event supports breast and ovarian cancer research.

During game day, all students and staff assemble together in the Shawnee gymnasium for a large commemorative photo. This year, over 1,050 t-shirts were sold in support of the team’s fundraising efforts. (Photo Credit: Christian Hochenberger)

The Shawnee High School Girls Volleyball Team held their annual “Dig Pink & Teal For a Cure” fundraising game against Seneca High School on October 26, 2022.

The “Pink” in Dig Pink represents the fight for a cure for breast cancer research and the “Teal” represents ovarian cancer.

Over the last twelve years, the Shawnee Girls Volleyball team, through their efforts at fundraising, has donated over $59,000 to “Dig Pink for a Cure.”

The event is sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation in support of breast cancer research and awareness as well as The American Cancer Society towards finding a cure for ovarian cancer.

The annual event is a traditional part of the Shawnee Girls Volleyball season, where every year staff and students purchase t-shirts to wear on the “Dig Pink and Teal” game day versus Seneca High School.

Staff and students wear pink, while teal is reserved for the coaches and team.

Always humbled by the outpouring of support, Coach Fanourgakis sends a heartfelt:“Thank you to the Volleyball players, parents, student body, and staff for their support in helping us donate over $9,700 this year.”

“Dig Pink” at Shawnee High School was first held as a single event in 2009, and raised $2,000, far exceeding their initial goal of $500.

The 2012 season saw a former Shawnee Girls Volleyball player diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her freshman year of college.

In honor of the former player, the volleyball team again held a “Dig Pink” game to raise money and donate to ovarian cancer research.

A tradition was born, and every year since, Shawnee matches up against Seneca High School for the annual Dig Pink and Teal game.


The Lenape Regional High School District’sfour high schools –Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca –as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 97.1% and an average combined SAT score of 1139.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.