BRADENTON -- Whenever talk swirls around Southeast's Volley for the Cure, Nancy Cothron hears from someone who somehow has been touched by breast cancer.
"You keep hearing the stories the more you get involved with this," said Cothron, in her second season as the Seminoles' volleyball coach. "'Oh, I'm a breast cancer survivor,' or, 'I wish our school did something like that.'
"We get those comments all the time."
They hope to get some money Tuesday at 7 p.m. when Southeast hosts Manatee in the Volley For The Cure for the fifth straight year. All proceeds from the match benefit Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
The last four meetings between the rivals have raised a total just under $15,000 for the cause, Cothron said.
"That's really big numbers, when you think about it," she said. "This year, we got on the ball real early."
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
and pink has become the color associated with the cause. Consequently, both teams will ditch their traditional colors in favor of pink uniforms and will be serving and spiking pink and white volleyballs.
The coaches will be wearing pink and officials have been asked to also wear pink while blowing whistles.
A gift card will be awarded to the fan wearing the craziest pink outfit between the second and third games, and there will be a serving contest between the games, too.
"The thing I really like about it is the girls really take charge," Cothron said.
Cothron pointed to two of her players, Shelby Skipper and Tori Scovill, as well as Scovill's mother, Bettina, for their effort.
"I would get phone calls from them on Saturdays or Sundays, or after school, about what they were doing," Cothron said. "They were going around to area businesses, asking for donations for the raffles. ...They really did a lot of work there."
Though Southeast hosts the event, the Hurricanes have been selling Volley For The Cure shirts for a month.
"I love it," said Manatee coach Rachel Batey. "My family has been touched by breast cancer. I think most families really have these days -- women and men both are affected by it. To be able to speak out about it and make people aware of it, especially at the high school level, to make high schoolers aware of this big thing, is great."
The junior varsity match gets underway at 6 p.m., and the varsity match will follow soon afterward.
"A lot of times, high schoolers have grandparents and parents that have been affected by it, and they feel like there's nothing they can do," Batey said. "So to give them the ability to help out a good cause is great, too."