February 10, 2011

Women’s basketball game to go pink for breast cancer awareness

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Fans will be decked out in pink at next week’s Commodores Women’s basketball game to support breast cancer awareness. (photo by Steve Green)

Women’s basketball game to go pink for breast cancer awareness

The Commodores Women's Basketball Team will sport pink uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer research when they take the floor against the University of Kentucky Wildcats Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m., in Memorial Gymnasium.

The Commodores will be “pretty in pink” to celebrate the annual Pink Out! event, which is part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association “Pink Zone Challenge.”

Fans are encouraged to wear pink, the color that has become associated with breast cancer survivorship and research.

Tickets for the Vanderbilt-Kentucky matchup are $10 and the first 1,000 fans to arrive for the VU home game will receive free pink carnations, courtesy of Emma's Flowers, along with pink T-shirts.

At halftime of the game, 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 team after the game.

“The Commodores have been wonderful partners in our effort to raise awareness of the need for 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, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Tickets for the game can be ordered at www.vucommodores.com or by calling 322-GOLD.

Tickets also are available at the Memorial Gymnasium box office on the day of the game.