Getting a Grip with Olivia Vivian

Feb. 4, 2010

As much as we like dressing up in Orange and Black for all our competitions, we love decking out in pink for our annual 'Pink Out' meet.

For many of the girls, the Pink Out is their favorite competition. Not only because pink is a common favorite color amongst the girls, or that we get to put on a really comfortable pink leotard, and wear pink ribbons and make-up, but because this meet represents so much more.

Our week's motto was 'Fight For a Cause.' And every year, that's what we aim to do. This meet touches us all in an emotional way. Most have us know someone who has had breast or cervical cancer. Some of us have relatives that had dealt with it.

Leilani Alferos' mother is a breast cancer survivor. My grandmother recently passed away from breast cancer. So you can imagine our feelings about performing to raise money to help fund research and help those who are dealing with this disease. Each and every one of us gets into this meet to give our best to support those who need it.

And last Friday, we all did this. I can honestly say we put on one of our best performances of the year. Not only were our minds into our routines, but our hearts as well.

Gill Coliseum is always a pleasure to perform in, but this particular meet was extra special. There were so many people in the crowd. And to see so many people dressed up in Pink Out t-shirts makes it all that more special.

From start to finish the team was super excited. It feels so much better when you know that what you're doing is inspiring people. That it's all going to a cause that's greater than ourselves.

Overall it was an incredibly successful meet. We beat Stanford and raised more than $9000 for breast cancer. It's definitely icing on the cake when we get to do what we love, and help support causes like this at the same time.


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