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Sunday, February 07, 2010

From the WBCA:

Over 1,350 Women’s Basketball Teams and Supporting Organizations
will Raise Breast Cancer Awareness February 12-21

Over 1,350 women’s basketball teams and supporting organizations across the nation are already committed to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) initiative entitled the WBCA Pink Zone®.

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 WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation. The WBCA strongly encourages any donations collected from WBCA Pink Zone games to be given to the Fund.

Between February 12-21, with a few games outside of that window, women’s basketball teams and supporters across the nation will dedicate one game to raise breast cancer awareness and funding. Teams, fans and arenas will be decked out in pink, survivors will be honored at games, referees will blow pink whistles, donations will be collected, and much more! For a complete list of participants, click here.

Supporters and Sponsors
The NCAA supports the WBCA Pink Zone initiative by implementing the “Calling for a Cure” campaign where all NCAA women’s basketball officials will be blowing a pink whistle February 12-21. Additionally, officials are encouraged to make a donation to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Along with the NCAA, other supporting organizations include: National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), NCAA Conference offices, and many more.

WBCA supporters and sponsors are also getting involved in the initiative. These sponsors and providers include: RUSSELL ATHLETIC, Petrocelli Marketing, Displayability, Jostens, Wilson, Milwaukee Sporting Goods, i6tix, Pink Ribbon Gumballs, Otis Spunkmeyer, Shock Doctor and girls got game. Click here to view the WBCA Pink Zone Concept Shop. They are each donating a portion of any proceeds to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Broadcasted Games
Over 100 WBCA Pink Zone® women’s basketball games across the nation will be broadcasted via television or internet stream. ESPN continues the ongoing support of this initiative by dedicating its annual “February Frenzy” women’s college basketball games on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com to supporting the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation. February Frenzy will showcase eight regionalized games for the biggest regular-season day in women’s college basketball on Sunday, Feb. 14. ESPN will also dedicate the two Big Monday games on Monday, Feb. 15, to the cause.

CBS College Sports Network, Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network have also joined the cause by promoting the WBCA Pink Zone nationwide efforts and also encouraging donations to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund during televised WBCA Pink Zone games.

For a complete list of televised and streamed games, click here.