Women's basketball hosts Pink Zone Saturday

February 10, 2009

The Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team will participate in its first-ever Pink Zone, a unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.  The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 14), when the Lions host Medaille College in the Adler gym.

Penn State Altoona will wear pink uniforms during the game that will be auctioned off afterward, and a pink basketball will be used during the game. Admission is $1 and individual pink ribbons can be purchased for $1 leading up to the game.  All monies raised, including game proceeds, will go directly to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Yow, the head women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and lost her battle on Jan. 24, 2009.

“Participating in the Pink Zone initiative is such a worthwhile endeavor that at times it almost seems like the game becomes secondary,” said Lion head coach Donna Kling.  “Breast cancer is a debilitating disease in many ways, and anything that Penn State Altoona and the women’s basketball team can do to help find a cure is more important than any game. Hopefully, through our participation, we can alleviate some of the hardships associated with breast cancer.”

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as "Think Pink," in 2007 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 a success. In 2008, more than 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching more than 830,000 fans and raising more than $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

Contact Assistant Athletics Director Brent Baird at (814) 949-5556 for more information or to purchase a ribbon.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009