Green Bay Phoenix, Bellin raising breast cancer awareness

01/29/2009

Women’s basketball team to participate in WBCA Pink Zone game

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Women’s Basketball program is teaming up with Bellin Health to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative to fight breast cancer. Green Bay’s Pink Zone game against Loyola University is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Kress Center on the UW-Green Bay campus.

Formerly known as “Think Pink,” the Pink Zone is a unified effort by the Coaches Association to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in the community and beyond through a series of games in February. Breast cancer survivors are invited to attend the Green Bay Phoenix Pink Zone game where they will receive a free game ticket and a commemorative Pink Zone T-shirt. Survivors should contact the Green Bay Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625 for their complimentary ticket.

The Bellin Foundation will provide the Phoenix with pink jerseys during the February 21 game as part of the Pink Zone events. Silent auctions will be held at all Green Bay February home games with five jerseys up for bidding. Each of Green Bay’s four seniors – Lavesa Glover, Kati Harty, Rachel Porath and Erin Templin – will sign four of the jerseys for the auction. The entire team will sign the fifth.

The remaining nine player jerseys will be raffled off at the Pink Zone game on February 21. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the game. All funds raised by the auction and the raffle will be designated to The Bellin Foundation and The Cancer Team at Bellin Health.

The ticket price for the game is $5, while a Family Fun Pack of four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas is available for $36. The first 2,000 fans will receive a foam Pink Zone Spirit Waver. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Pink Green Bay Phoenix apparel can be found at the Phoenix Bookstore kiosk at all home games leading up to the Pink Zone game.

In 2008, more than 1,200 teams and organizations participated in the Pink Zone initiative, reaching more than 830,000 fans and raising $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women in the United States, accounting for nearly one out of every four cancers diagnosed. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. One in eight American women who live to be 85 years of age will develop breast cancer, a risk that was one out of 14 in 1960; 2.4 million women living in the U.S. have been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer; and an estimated 182,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2008.

For more information, about the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative to fight breast cancer or for tickets, please call the Green Bay Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625 or visit www.uwgbathletics.com.