Lakeland College will enter the "Pink Zone" on Feb. 16 as the women's basketball team joins over 1,800 participants across the nation in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's 2011 breast cancer awareness initiative.
The fans, the players - even the officials - will be donning some pink as part of the WBCA's Pink Zone™ initiative, a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses and in communities. The WBCA has set aside Feb. 11-20 for this year's initiatives.
At Lakeland, The Pink Zone™ starts on Feb. 16 when the women's basketball team faces rival Edgewood College at 7 p.m. in the Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The first 150 fans wearing pink that attend the women's game will receive a free Pink Zone™ wristband. A 3-point shooting contest will be held at halftime with pink prizes going to the winners, and there will be a special message about the fight against breast cancer.
Proceeds from Lakeland's Pink Zone™ events will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, a charitable organization committed to raising money for scientific cancer research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Members of Lakeland's women's basketball team will wear pink t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups. Coaches will be wearing pink, and the game officials will be using pink whistles.
"It brings all the basketball families across the nation together and it's a way for us to pool our resources together for a good cause," said Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson. "It's particularly important to our program because we've had several people in the program's history affected by the disease. It's a great way for our team to show our support for those individuals."
Lakeland students are playing a big role in planning the day's events. Students enrolled in the Introduction to Sports Studies class are working on the event and will be giving away random prizes throughout the game.
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as "Think Pink," in 2007, and more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. Since then, the Pink Zone™ has raised nearly $3.3 Million with over 4,700 participants in only four years.
See a special message from head coach Teri Johnson here:
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