Serve For The Cure

Available Location(s): Granite Street, Northlake

"Serve For The Cure" Volleyball Tournament

About Serve For The Cure

The Serve For The Cure Volleyball Tournament was started in 2002 by volleyball coach and cancer survivor Suzie Pignetti. Serve For The Cure has grown into the largest teen student run event benefitting breast cancer research and health services. Over the last seventeen years, hundreds of young female athletes and over 25 participating schools have raised over $500,000 for cancer research. The event is also an educational opportunity to increase awareness of breast cancer and women's health.

How To Get Involved

Team Participation - Open to Varsity and JV High School Volleyball Teams.
Player Participation - Players on each team collect donations and sell raffle tickets.
Volunteer Participation - Volunteers are needed to help before and the day of the tournament.
Family & Individual Sponsorships - Raffle Ticket Purchases and Personal Donations are accepted.
Corporate Sponsorships - Various levels of Corporate Sponsorships are available.

2019 Tournament Information

DATE: September 28, 2019

LOCATION: Sports Connection / Carolina Juniors Volleyball Center - Charlotte NC

COST: $5 Admission

From The Founder

Suzie Pignetti was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 1997, and had a mastectomy surgery and rigorous, chemotherapy regimen. Today, Pignetti, 74, is a breast cancer survivor of more than 20 years. The disease changed her life and inspired her to help other survivors, and to give back in the constant search for the cure to breast cancer.

While Pignetti was a legendary volleyball coach at Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Butler on the court – amassing 745 career wins, including 29 conference championships and 15 state championships (including nine, state championships in a row at Charlotte Latin 2004-2012) in her 35-year tenure – she’s even more proud of the opportunities volleyball has provided her off the court.

In September each year, 20+ volleyball teams from schools in NC & SC will compete in the Annual Serve for the Cure Volleyball Tournament at Sports Connection’s and Carolina Juniors Volleyball Center.

To date, the tournament has raised $500,00 for cancer research.

The tournament “started out from the passion I had to see if we could use our sport (volleyball) to help raise money for awareness and money to help find a cure for breast cancer,” said Pignetti. “I remember the first year (2002) we had six schools and raised $5,000 and I thought that was going to be hard to top.

“But Serve for the Cure has grown every year and it just seems to keep getting better and better. It’s not just a few schools anymore, it’s really a (greater) Charlotte community event now.”

The event also benefits from sponsors such as Carolina Juniors Volleyball and the Sports’ Connection to more than 60 other sponsors that support the tournament with money, goods and services.

“I think the girls really get it,” Pignetti said. “They want to give back to something bigger than themselves, something bigger than volleyball.”

Past Participating Schools

Ardrey Kell High School
Butler High School
Cape Fear Academy
Charlotte Christian School
Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte Latin School
Concord High School
Covenant Day School
Crest High School
Gaston Day School
Hickory Grove
Kings Mountain
Mallard Creek
Metrolina Christian Academy
Nation Ford High School
North Mecklenburg
Providence Day School
Providence High School
Rock Hill Northwestern High School
Roxboro Person
South Mecklenburg
United Faith Christian Academy
Weddington High School

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