Think Pink,' Dollar Days Highlight ISU-Bradley Sunday
Feb. 4, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State Athletics, in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), will present Think Pink Day on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Sunday, when the first-place Redbird women's basketball team hosts rival Bradley. The event is intended to help raise awareness against the fight of breast cancer.
The event is part of the WBCA's Think Pink Initiative, which currently includes more than 600 participating schools, and also the NCAA "Pack the House Challenge," which promotes women in college athletics. An invitation will be extended to cancer survivors (any type of cancer) to participate in a special on-court halftime presentation. Participants can meet on the Redbird Arena concourse behind section "G" with five minutes remaining in the first half. Fans can also register to be a participant in the Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
"We are proud to present Think Pink Day for what will be a great opportunity to recognize cancer survivors and those diagnosed with breast cancer," said assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions Brad Ledford. "The event is for a great cause, and we expect a great crowd to be in attendance for both the festivities and the game between two storied rivals in Illinois State and Bradley. The Redbird women's basketball team is enjoying record-setting success this year, and we look forward to getting the community even more involved."
The game is also being dubbed "Dollar Days." Tickets to the game will cost just $1, and $1 hot dogs will be for sale. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to show their support.
The following campus and community groups will be participating and providing informational displays: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Colleges Against Cancer, the Community Cancer Center, Ride for the Cure and Zelta Tau Alpha Sorority.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death for all of women and the leading overall cause of cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 59. In the United States, breast cancer is expected to be newly diagnosed every three minutes.
Sunday's tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. The Redbirds (18-2, 8-1 MVC), who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today top-25 polls, have won 14 of their past 15 games overall.