TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The University of Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team will be hosting its 2nd Annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, February 2. The Wildcats will play conference rival Oregon State with tip-off set for 2 p.m. in McKale Center.
The game against the Beavers has much more at stake than a win or a loss, however. The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team will be using the February 2 game as a platform to reach the Tucson community and help raise awareness for breast cancer. In doing so, the Wildcat players and coaches will be wearing pink in different fashions, including pink pre-game warm-up shirts and shoelaces. All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink to the game, and the first 500 fans will be given a pink ribbon.
Arizonaˇ?s efforts are a part of a national campaign headed by the National Womenˇ?s Basketball Coaches Association. In 2007, the WBCA launched ˇ?Think Pinkˇ± as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year of the WBCA's "Think Pink" a success. This year, 19 conferences and over 700 schools from all divisions of college basketball have joined forces to make this yearˇ?s event even more successful.
There are several coaches currently fighting this vicious disease in womenˇ?s college basketball, including North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow. In December of 2007, The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund was announced during the Jimmy V Classic. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will raise money in the fight against cancer.
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini has been fortunate to develop a close friendship with Yow over her coaching career. Both have been actively involved with the WBCA over the years, as Bonvicini served as the organizationˇ?s president in 1998 while at Long Beach State, and three years later, Yow held the same position.
ˇ?She has been a very special friend to me,ˇ± Bonvicini said. ˇ?She has had a great impact on the lives of many people. The Think Pink campaign is something that is very special to her, and it is important to me. I am pleased that we can participate in this event and continue to create awareness about breast cancer.ˇ±
Arizona womenˇ?s basketball is partnering with the?Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for this event.?In addition, UA professor Dr. John Pedicone will be serving as a special Guest Head Coach and join the Wildcat coaches and players on the bench. Pedicone is a former President of the? Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In addition to the support of breast cancer awareness, the Think Pink Day in McKale Center will also be Club Arizona Fitness Day presented by Shamrock Farms. All kids ages 18 and under receive one dollar admission to the game. Families are encouraged to bring their kids to the game early and participate in a pre-game fair. The fair, which will begin at noon, will feature many fun activities, including games, a poster creation station, music, food and much more.
ˇ?I think this is going to be a very special event,ˇ± Bonvicini said. ˇ?We are excited to have a big crowd coming out to support us and the cause. Weˇ?re excited to see the kids and families at the game, as well as everyone else who will be attending.ˇ±
For more information on Arizonaˇ?s Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day,?click here.
To visit the?Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please?click here.