SAINT LEO, Fla. - On Wednesday, the Saint Leo women's basketball team will play host to the University of Tampa. Aside from the usual festivities normally associated with the rivalry that is Saint Leo/Tampa, the Lions and Spartans will participate in the annual WBCA 'Pink Zone' Game in hopes of raising awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Foundation.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink as the campus attempts to "Pink Out" the Marion Bowman Activities Center. In addition, Saint Leo cheerleaders will be taking donations for the notable Kay Yow Foundation throughout the entire women's game.
View the mission and history of 'Pink Zone' below.
"The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond."
The History of Pink Zone...
"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.
The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation. The WBCA strongly encourages all donations from WBCA Pink Zone games to be given to the Fund. The late Kay Yow, the Fund's namesake and former N.C. State head women's basketball coach, served as a catalyst for starting the WBCA Pink Zone. After three bouts with breast cancer, Yow passed away in January 2009.
With your help, we will continue to create more awareness around the cause as well as raise dollars for research that will one day eradicate this disease!"
For a complete overview of the event and how other colleges and universities are working towards a cure, visit the WBCA Pink Zone website.