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GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team will take on the UW-Milwaukee Panthers during the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone game Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Kress Center on the UW-Green Bay campus.
The event will benefit The Cancer Team at Bellin Health and the Ribbon of Hope Foundation – a local support group for breast cancer patients.
The Pink Zone is a unified effort by the Women’s Basketball 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 Athletics Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625 for their complimentary ticket.
The Phoenix will wear pink jerseys as part of the Pink Zone events. Other events include a silent auction for a player’s pink jersey and a dash for cash in which volunteers run through the bleachers with pink buckets in hopes of collecting the most donations.
The ticket price for the game is $9 for adults and $7 for youth and senior citizens, while a Family Fun Pack of four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas is available for $36. 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. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw more than 50 schools break attendance records at their event.
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, behind only 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.
For more information about the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative to fight breast cancer, call the Green Bay Athletics Department at (920) 465-2145. For tickets, please call the ticket office at (920) 465-2625 or visit www.GreenBayPhoenix.com.