On Monday, February 11, 2008 Thompson-Bowling Arena will be filled with pink when the #2 Lady Vols host the #4 Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The game is part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 2008 Think Pink campaign aimed at raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
“We’re so excited at the opportunity to be able to promote such an important cause during a game with such a national spotlight,” said Pat Summitt, head coach for the Lady Vol basketball program. “This game is going to give us such a great audience to show the nation that not only Lady Vol fans, but East Tennesseans, support Breast Cancer Awareness.”
As part of the event, UT is offering the opportunity for two breast cancer survivors, or some one currently undergoing treatment, to serve as a guest coach with the Lady Vols. The coaches, who will be chosen by a panel of breast cancer survivors through the Knoxville Susan G. Komen Foundation, will not only sit court side with the orange and white that night but also be treated to pre-game makeovers and gift bags courtesy of Mary Kay. To submit a nominee, send their story to Survivorstory@komenknoxville.org.
“We are encouraging all fans to ‘Think Pink’ that night,” said Joan Cronan, women’s athletics director. “When you head to Thompson-Boling Arena Monday night, don’t forget to wear your pink.”
Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer; and every 13 minutes a woman will die from breast cancer in the United States. This year around 2,030 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer; and of those more than 450 will die. Together the WBCA, UT Lady Vols, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mary Kay Cosmetics is doing their part to make others aware and contribute to breast cancer research to bring scientists one step closer to finding a cure.
Tickets for the event are still available. For more ticket information, visit the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office, or call (800) 332-VOLS or (865) 656-1200; you can also purchase and print your tickets anytime at www.utladyvols.com.
Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information & Public Relations