Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Women's Basketball Thinks Pink!

Edited: Feb. 12

No matter their individual team colors, NCAC women's basketball players will all be sporting pink over the next several weeks.

The conference is one of 19 nation-wide to participate as a group in the WBCA's Think Pink program. Overall, more than 800 high schools and colleges will participate this season.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to all events to show their support. Check the schedule below for dates and details as they become available.

Friday - Feb. 8
*ALLEGHENY hosted Wittenberg at 6:00 p.m. - All donations received at the game will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, also a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Pam Evans Smith, Wittenberg's women's basketball coach who passed away in June after a lengthy battle with the disease. Donations will also be collected at Saturday's 2:00 p.m. contest against Earlham.

* DENISON hosted Ohio Wesleyan - the first 100 fans received a free "Think Pink" t-shirt and student-athletes collected donations, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research. Admission to the game was free. Click for pre-game photos

* OBERLIN hosted Wooster - fans were asked to make a $2 donation upon admission and were then eligible to win a pink iPod, a copy of iLife 08, an iTunes gift card and other prizes. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Breast Cancer Fund.

Saturday - Feb. 9
*ALLEGHENY hosted Earlham at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday - Feb. 13
* KENYON hosts Denison at 7:30 p.m. - The Ladies, who will be gunning for the outright North Coast Athletic Conference title, will be wearing pink shooting shirts and a limited number of "Think Pink" t-shirts will be given away to students who attend the game.

* WOOSTER hosts Hiram at 7:30 p.m. - players will wear pink shoelaces and warm up in pink tees. The home media and game operators will all be in pink, and the game day program insert will be pink as well. Halftime will feature contests with prizes given away; pink tee shirts will be given to breast cancer survivors, who will be honored at halftime; and pink tee shirts will be tossed into the crowd at the begining of the game. All donations collected at the gate will be donated to the College of Wooster Relay for Life organization.

* WITTENBERG hosts Ohio Wesleyan at 5:00 p.m. - The Tigers will be wearing pink shoelaces while paying tribute to former head coach Pam Evans Smith, for whom the arena was recently named, and also honoring all those who have been touched personally by breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized during a special halftime ceremony, "Think Pink" T-shirts will be sold throughout the event, and a breast cancer awareness information table will offer literature. All gate receipts from the game will be donated to Wittenberg's Pam Evans Smith Memorial Fund, created to fund scholarships annually to deserving female senior students who demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

Saturday - Feb. 16
* EARLHAM hosts Kenyon at 1:00 p.m. - The Quakers will wear pink wristbands and pink socks. The event will also be combined with a celebration of National girl's and women in Sports day in order to reach more women. Posters with breast cancer facts will be placed throughout the building in hopes of raising awareness and educating women. The community will be admitted free to the game, however at the door, fans will be asked for $2 donations to help fight this deadly disease.

* HIRAM hosts Oberlin at 1:00 p.m. - The Terriers will wear pink t-shirts for warmup and will have information and representatives from the local Susan G. Komen Foundation. Additionally, the Terriers have partnered with Domino's pizza. The company will donate money to the Foundation for every 3-pointer the Terriers make this season.

* OHIO WESLEYAN hosts Allegheny at 2:00 p.m. - Breast cancer survivors will be introduced at halftime. The Battling Bishops also hosted the Bishops' Classic Hoops for Hope earlier this season and awarded pink trophies and pink all-tournament plaques. Players warmed up in pink shirts and all proceeds benefited breast cancer research.

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