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Lakeland College will be hosting a "Pink Out" on Saturday, Feb. 11, as the men's and women's basketball teams, in association with the Lakeland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), join over 1,800 participants across the nation to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
The fans, players and officials will be donning pink as part of the "Play 4Kay" initiative, which is committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers. Nationally, the 2012 "Play 4Kay" initiative is February 10-20. Kay Yow, a Hall of Fame women's basketball coach at North Carolina State for the U.S. Olympic team, was diagnosed with breast cancer and led a national campaign against the disease. She died in 2009.
At Lakeland, the "Pink Out" centers on the basketball doubleheader against Marian University at 2 and 4:15 p.m. in the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
SAAC has collected several raffle prizes, pink face paint will be available, along with pink t-shirts, pink cupcakes and information designed to increase breast cancer awareness.
SAAC members will also be asking for fans to join in the "3-point shoot for a cure" initiative. Fans are invited to pledge money for every 3-pointer made in the two games.
All proceeds from Lakeland's "Pink Out" will be donated to the Kay Yow 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 wear pink, and the game officials will use pink whistles.
The Lakeland College athletics website will also turn pink beginning Monday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 12. Lakeland has a team page set up so fans can make a donation to help support the cause. It can be accessed here.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, and has raised more than $1.3 million for scientific research focused on women's cancers. Kay Yow's goal was to one day raise $5 million through the "Play 4Kay" initiative. This year's goal is $1 million and everyone can help.
Click here to see what SAAC faculty adviser Lindsey Vande Hoef has to say about this year's event.