Saint Martin’s basketball teams wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer

February 19, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Both Saint Martin’s women's and men's basketball teams will wear pink shirts in support of the fight against breast cancer at this weekend's home games on Saturday, February 20. Tip-off for the women's game is 5:15 p.m., while men's game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Both teams will play the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the Marcus Pavilion. Be sure to wear YOUR PINK to the game!

The teams are wearing pink, and the Marcus Pavilion will be decorated in pink, as part of Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)'s Pink Zone initiative, a unified effort to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities, and beyond. Over 1,550 schools and organizations are committed to participating in this year's initiative, which will run from February 12-21. Throughout the WBCA Pink Zone week, basketball teams and supporters across the nation will dedicate one game to raise breast cancer awareness and funding. Teams, fans, and arenas will be decked out in pink, survivors will be honored at games, referees will blow pink whistles, and much more.

Saint Martin's will hold a raffle during the games. All the proceeds from the raffle as well as popcorn sales will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

"[The Pink Zone initiative] is a great event that not only gets all of our students and fans excited but also helps to raise awareness about this horrible disease," says Nykki Schele, Saint Martin's sports information director. "Every little bit helps in moving closer to finding a cure and we are happy to help in any way we can."

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Nykki Schele
Sports information director
Saint Martin’s University

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University