19 long-sleeve jerseys (16 in person, 3 eBay) will be auctioned off this weekend.
Sept. 20, 2012
Champaign, Ill. – The University of Illinois will host its annual Breast Cancer Awareness match on Friday, Oct. 5, against Ohio State. In conjunction with the event, the Illini Networkers, the volleyball booster club, will kick things off this weekend with a silent auction to be held at the matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sept. 21-23.
The silent auction will feature 16 long-sleeve player jerseys, which will be worn by the Illini in the Breast Cancer Awareness match on Oct. 5. With the exception of Jennifer Beltran’s libero jersey (blue with pink trim), all jerseys will be pink in support of the cause. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, prior to the Minnesota match, and will conclude at the start of the third set of Sunday’s match against Wisconsin. Each of the 16 jerseys will have its own silent ballot for fans to bid on.
At the end of the match on Sunday, the winners of each jersey will be announced. The Illini will wear the pink jerseys when they play Ohio State, before the jerseys are distributed to the winners. The highest bidders will have the opportunity to place the name of their choice on the back of their jersey (excluding the names of the players due to NCAA compliance regulations).
For those fans who are unable to participate in person, three additional jerseys will be auctioned online via eBay from Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., through Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. These will be a pink #3 jersey, and blue #2 and #13 jerseys. While these jerseys will not be worn in a match, the winners will still have the opportunity to place a name of their choice on the back.
The auction funds will be donated by the Illini Networkers to the Young Survival Coalition. The YSC offers resources, connections and outreach to women under the age of 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer to help them feel supported, empowered and hopeful. For more information on the YSC, visit: http://www.youngsurvival.org/champaignurbana.