VC alumni volleyball game to raise funds in honor of fallen teammate

This year's alumni exhibition game will raise funds for a new scholarship in the name of Megan Diaz, a former team member who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010.

The Victoria College Pirates women’s volleyball team will play in an exhibition game against a team of VC’s alumni volleyball players as a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the VC Sports Center gym.

Members of both the current and alumni teams organized the game to honor a former team member. Megan Diaz succumbed to breast cancer in 2010, just a few weeks short of graduating. Her parents accepted her degree posthumously.

The team’s goal is to raise money for a new scholarship fund in her name.

One of Diaz’ former team members, Jenna Braeden, will be playing for the alumni team.

“Her memory has made breast cancer awareness a much more personal issue for those of us who had the privilege to know Megan,” said Braeden, who recently finished her degree in nursing at VC and is now working as a registered nurse at DeTar North Women and Children’s Center. “This game is about remembering her and celebrating her life.”

Current team members, including Physical Therapist Assistant student Kara Frederick, are also eager to help support breast cancer awareness.

“Unfortunately, many of our lives are affected by breast cancer and it feels really good to be able to help raise money and awareness,” said Frederick, who is a sophomore player this year.

Both teams will compete to see who can raise the most money with raffle ticket sales. Raffle baskets will feature a t-shirt, candy, gift cards and other items. Tickets will sell for $1 each and will be available throughout the day of the game at the VC Sports Center and during the game. Additionally, volleyball team members will be selling raffle tickets around on campus that day.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink t-shirts to the game. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for VC students, faculty and staff with ID.

Proceeds from game admissions, snack bar sales and raffle ticket sales will be split between the scholarship fund and breast cancer charities. The scholarship has been established to benefit a student with financial need who is also a member of the volleyball team.

For more information, please contact Josh Moore at 361-573-3291, ext. 3327 or via email to

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What: VC Pirates women's volleyball alumni game and fundraiser

When: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: VC Sports Center gym

Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for students, free for VC students and employees with ID

Published: Friday, 28 September 2012

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