One of the most popular student events each academic year, Mercer Madness, will be held this year on Friday, Oct. 17, at the University Center. The annual event serves as the official kick-off for the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The celebration always includes an exciting array of events, including outside activities with food, live music and fireworks and indoor events involving students and the basketball teams.
This year, as part of the celebration the Mercer volleyball team, in partnership with Susan G. Komen Central Georgia, is participating in a nationwide effort initiated by former UNC-Charlotte volleyball coach Lisa Marston called “Dig for the Cure.” Marston began the initiative in 2003 after her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The “Dig for the Cure” game kicks off Mercer Madness and will take place at 7 p.m. when the volleyball team hosts East Tennessee State University. The initiative seeks to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses and throughout the community. The goal of this event is to educate, inform and help young women to become proactive about their health and make choices that will reduce their risk for cancer later in life.
To show their commitment to the cause, the Mercer volleyball team will be wearing pink socks and pink shoelaces, as well as other accessories to encourage people to “Dig for the Cure.” During the match, Mercer will recognize all breast cancer survivors in attendance. Those who attend are asked to wear pink to show support. For more information, visit www.digforthecure.org.
Following the volleyball match, the remainder of Mercer Madness activities in the UC includes:
8:40 p.m. Spirit contest
9 p.m. Dance, cheerleading and pep band
9:10 p.m. Gotcha Elimination contest
9:15 p.m. Homecoming video
9:20 p.m. Women’s basketball, coach Janell Jones player introduction and team drill
9:30 p.m. Men’s basketball, coach Bob Hoffman player introduction and team drill
9:40 p.m. Bear Madness shooting challenge.