Women's basketball to "Think Pink" against UNF on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Feb. 10, 2008



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The JU women's basketball team will host cross-town rival North Florida at Swisher Gymnasium on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. but the Dolphins will also be helping to fight another battle by wearing pink during the contest.

To show its support, the JU athletic staff and coaching staff will wear pink for its contest against North Florida as the two programs battle for a point in the SunTrust River City Rumble. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to help educate, create awareness and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.

Among the other promotions to help support awareness, the Dolphins will sell raffle tickets for a drawing during halftime of the contest. Against UNF, the raffle prize is a Pink Elephants Villager Bag from Vera Bradley (tickets are $2 or three tickets for $5), which is valued at $75.

The Dolphins will continue its support on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. against Mercer at Swisher Gymnasium. For Mercer, another raffle will be held at halftime for a Pink Elephants Travel Cosmetics Bag, a Pink Elephants Candle of Hope and Pink Elephants Mints of Hope (tickets are $1).

All tickets can be purchased by email through assistant coach Andrea Willams - awillia17@ju.edu or at both home games. For additional information, call coach Williams at (904) 256-7242.

JU will also host Mammograms by St. Vincent Mobile Unit on Feb. 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to Swisher Gymnasium. For scheduling information, call (904) 308-3780.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has encouraged its membership, all coaching staff and game day support staff to help unify the women's basketball world in a show of support for all coaches who are battling cancer. The "Think Pink" campaign was originally created in support of North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who returned to the bench on Jan. 28, 2007 after taking a leave of absence to battle breast cancer.

The WBCA announced that over 900 participants have committed to the 2008 "Think Pink" initiative, which officially begins on February 8. The "Think Pink" 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.