The Nebraska Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team will host a Pink Zone game against Morningside College on Feb. 20. The Pink Zone is an initiative of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and designed to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses and in the community. 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.
As part of the Pink Zone promotion players will wear special pink jerseys for the game. A silent auction will be held at halftime of the game and a free will donation will be taken in place of admission. All proceeds will go towards the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
“Our girls are excited to be taking part in the program once again,” NWU head coach Eric Jensen said. “More than 1,550 schools will be involved in the Pink Zone this year and we’re proud to be one of them.”
The Prairie Wolves also participated in the Pink Zone initiative last season.
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink”, in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached more than 912,000 fans and unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations.
The Prairie Wolves will face No. 11 Morningside on Saturday, February 20, with tip-off set for 2 p.m. It will be the final game of the season for Nebraska Wesleyan.