Basketball teams set to host Coaches vs. Cancer and Pink Zone home games

Basketball teams set to host Coaches vs. Cancer and Pink Zone home games

SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University men's and women's basketball programs are proud to continue its promotion of goodwill as the teams have identified two doubleheaders at the end of the regular-season home schedule as events to help raise awareness and donations to fight cancer. This is the second consecutive year that SU has participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer and Pink Zone events.

On Wednesday, February 18, the Sea Gulls will welcome Marymount (Va.) University to Maggs Center for a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. This is Coaches vs. Cancer night as all the proceeds received through ticket sales and donations will be donated to the American Cancer Society. For the event, the coaches will wear suits with sneakers. The money raised provides support for cancer prevention, research, education and advocacy services in more than 3,400 local communities. The women's game tips-off at 6 p.m. followed by the men's game at 8 p.m.

"We as a team try to do two to three community service endeavors each season," said SU men's basketball coach Steve Holmes. "This is the biggest one that hits home to each and every one of us. Cancer is one of the top causes of death and we want to try and change that."

On Saturday, February 21, the Sea Gulls are participating in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "Pink Zone" initiative, formerly known as "Think Pink", as SU welcomes Hood College to campus for Senior Day. SU is encouraging fans to wear something pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. The women's game tips-off at 2 p.m. followed by the men's game at 4 p.m. The first 100 fans in attendance for the women's game will receive free "Think Pink" t-shirts.

"The opportunity to participate in this initiative is an honor," said SU women's basketball coach Charisse Mapp. "It's a cause that we all care about very deeply."

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The week set aside for this year's initiative is February 13-22. There are nearly 1,000 programs participating in "Pink Zone" across the country.

Salisbury will honor all attending breast cancer survivors at halftime of the women's basketball game. All the proceeds received through ticket sales and donations will be donated to Women Supporting Women (www.womensupportingwomen.org).

Women Supporting Women is a community served, community supported agency that serves the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Its mission is to provide awareness, friendship and free support for breast cancer survivors and their families. Women Supporting Women is supported by local businesses, community organizations and individual donations, as well as grants from the Community Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The late North Carolina State University head coach Kay Yow, who passed away on Saturday, January 24, established the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation as a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being part of finding an answer in the fight against cancer through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund hits close to the Salisbury University community as Mapp served as an assistant coach under Yow for five seasons at N.C. State.

"She is one of the most inspirational people I have ever encountered," said Mapp. "I have been blessed to work with many phenomenal coaches and her influence has helped me tremendously."

The NCAA has also joined the WBCA Pink Zone initiative by implementing the "Calling for a Cure" campaign where all NCAA women's basketball officials will use a pink whistle during the month of February. Last season, the NCAA raised $25,000 during their "Calling for a Cure" campaign.

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More information about Coaches vs. Cancer, Pink Zone, the Kay Yow/WBCA Fund, The V Foundation, WBCA, and Calling for a Cure is available from the following resources:

About the American Cancer Society/Coaches vs. Cancer
Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, exists to leverage the strength, community leadership and celebrity of our country's basketball coaches to raise awareness and in turn, reduce cancer risk through education programs while raising funds for the fight against cancer. Through the efforts of more than 500 basketball coaches and the nation's largest voluntary health organization, more than 12 million dollars has been raised since 1994. For additional information about the American Cancer Society/Coaches vs. Cancer, please visit www.cancer.org.

About Pink Zone
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. 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. For additional information about "Pink Zone", please visit www.wbca.org/pinkzone.asp.

About the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, raises money in the fight against cancer. It was appropriate to announce this Fund during the Jimmy V Classic because of the connection between Jim Valvano, former North Carolina State men's head basketball coach, and Kay Yow, former North Carolina State women's basketball coach. For additional information about the Kay Yow/WBCA Fund, please visit www.wbca.org/kayyowwbcacancerfund.asp.

About The V Foundation
The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy. For additional information about The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.

About Colleges Against Cancer
Through the American Cancer Society's Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) program, college students are having fun while making a difference in the lives of people facing cancer. The CAC program allows college students, faculty, and staff to work together to bring American Cancer Society programs and services to college communities nationwide. To get involved with Salisbury University's CAC chapter, please visit http://events.cancer.org/rflsurelay

About Calling for a Cure
The NCAA has also joined the WBCA Pink Zone initiative by implementing the "Calling for a Cure" campaign where all NCAA women's basketball officials will use a pink whistle in February. Additionally, officials are encouraged to make a donation to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The NCAA raised $25,000 during their 2008 "Calling for a Cure" campaign. For more information, please visit the WBCA site.

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