January 26, 2012

Pink Out! game to tip off Jan. 29

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This year’s Pink Out! Vanderbilt Women’s basketball game tips off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. (photo by Joe Howell)

Pink Out! game to tip off Jan. 29

Pink will be the color of the day during the Vanderbilt Commodore Women’s Basketball Team Pink Out! event to raise awareness for breast cancer research Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.

The Commodores will wear pink uniforms in their matchup in Memorial Gymnasium against the LSU Tigers. Fans are also invited to wear pink, the color that has become associated with breast cancer survivorship and research.

There were approximately 229,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States last year and nearly 40,000 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The annual Pink Out! game is part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association “Play4Kay” breast cancer awareness program, which is designed to encourage support for breast cancer research. The initiative is named in honor of former North Carolina head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who died from breast cancer in 2009.

Tickets for the Vanderbilt-LSU matchup are $11 and the first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive free pink T-shirts.

At halftime, breast cancer survivors will be recognized and invited onto the floor to welcome the Commodores back onto the court. There also will be a mini-basketball clinic and free autograph session with the Commodore players after the game.

“This annual Pink Out! event has become a wonderful on-campus tradition and we are proud of the Commodores Women’s Basketball Team for their support of breast cancer research,” said Carlos Arteaga, M.D., professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Research Program.

Tickets for the Pink Out! game can be ordered online at www.vucommodores.com or by telephone at 322-GOLD. Tickets also are available at the Memorial Gymnasium box office on the day of the game.