WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University will once again participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative on Saturday, February 19, when the men's and women's basketball teams play host to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Keuka College at the Field House. The women's game will tip first at 2 p.m. followed by the men's game at 4 p.m. All fans are encouraged to wear something pink to show their support.
GU is one of nearly 2,000 programs/participants from colleges, universities and high schools participating in the 10-day event.
Occurring nationwide from February 11-20, the purpose of WBCA's Pink Zone event is to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
The WBCA has raised over $85,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund through the event this season and over $3.3 million since the initiative began in 2007. Pink Zone has also attracted nearly 2.7 million fans and brought together over 4,700 participants since its inception. If you are interested in donating please visit this website: http://www.wbca.org/2011pinkzone/index.cfm/community/wbca-pink-zone/donations.
WBCA Pink Zone History
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence 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, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56+ schools break attendance records at their event. In 2010, over 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1,045,000 in donations and reached more than 922,000 fans across the nation. Over 22 schools broke attendance records through their participation.
Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 Million, has reached almost 2.7 Million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.
About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is a 501 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. Donations can be made at www.kayyow.com. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.kayyow.com.
About the WBCA
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) was founded in 1981 and is based in Lilburn, Ga. The mission of the WBCA is to promote women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport of women's basketball and to foster and promote the development of the game of basketball as a sport for women and girls. For more information, visit www.wbca.org.
Text to Give
Fans text '4KAY' to 85944 to make a $10 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.