SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University women's basketball team will join 1,500 other women's college basketball programs nationwide participating in the 2010 Women's Basketball Coaches Association "Pink Zone" initiative Saturday.
The Rock's "Pink Zone" event to benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is part of the basketball doubleheader against Edinboro University in Morrow Field House.
The women's game is at 1 p.m. with the men's game to follow at approximately 3 p.m.
The Pink Zone initiative, which runs today through Feb. 21, is "a global, unified effort for raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond," according to the WBCA.
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund assists with support for breast cancer research and is named in honor of the late North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach. Yow died Jan. 24, 2009.
The Rock women's team will wear pink shoelaces and pink T-shirts during their pre-game warm-ups.
Various door prizes, including gift certificates from local restaurants and companies will be raffled throughout the afternoon with proceeds benefitting the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to show their support for the initiative.
Yow was a past president and founding member of and galvanizing voice for the WBCA. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died following her third bout with the disease. In her 38 years as a collegiate head coach, Yow was one of only six Division I head women's basketball coaches to achieve 700 career victories. She was also the head coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Seoul.