Thursday, February 4, 2010

SCSU and UNH unite to fight cancer

These champions are thinking pink

The University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University departments of athletics have joined together in support of the 2010 Pink Zone® initiative, UNH said in a statement.

The two departments will sell Pink Zone® T-shirts with each university’s logo all week long, prior to Saturday’s basketball doubleheader at Charger Gymnasium, the statement said.

Proceeds of the joint fund raising effort will go to support of the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association/Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The two universities’ women’s basketball coaches and players gathered Feb. 4 at the hospital with Dr. Denise Barajas, the co-director of Saint Raphael’s Women’s Center for Breast Health for a photograph.

The Pink Zone® event will take place in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Community Engagement initiative, and brings coaches and players together off the court in support of a common cause, the statement said.

The two universities look to continue to strengthen their community connection with this event. Last fall, the universities held a football captain’s dinner that brought the departments together for the first time.

Along with numerous other community engagement initiatives by each university, the two plan to unite once again this spring for a spring cleanup project along the Connecticut shoreline, the statement said.

The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond," it said.

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone®, formerly known as "Think Pink," began as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities, the statement said.

Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as catalyst for the initiative after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. 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 over 830,000 fans and raising more than $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research, the statement said.

The 2009 campaign raised more than $1.3 million, reached more than 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56 + schools break attendance records at their event.

This information was supplied by the University of New Haven Athletic Department. It appears here in a lightly edited form.

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