Hopefully you all have an idea of what this blog will be about from the line above. This blog is slightly more serious than my previous two. The message is powerful and important. All over the country, women's basketball teams sport the color PINK during the month of February. Why? That's a simple answer; breast cancer awareness. In memory of Kay Yow, women's basketball has given teams the option to place a program called Pink Zone® into each team's schedule during the month of February. So again, what IS Pink Zone® and why do we really have it?
WBCA Pink Zone Mission:
The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
How did it begin?
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. The catalyst for this idea was the late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach. She had her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006 and passed away in January 2009. The Pink Zone idea is spreading very rapidly throughout women's teams and communities. Starting with just 120 schools unified in the effort in 2007 to 1,800 participants in 2010 we can see how women's basketball can make a difference in a very important facet of life for ALL women. I was amazed at the power and impact women have when they join together as I read this next line on the website:
Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 Million, has reached almost 2.7 Million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.
Guilford College women's basketball proudly participates in Pink Zone. As you get late in the season, teams struggle to stay unified. We were no different. Pink Zone brought our team together in a way I have not seen all season. Teammates were painting each other's nails various shades of pink. Pink ribbons were being worn around ponytails. Pink t-shirts were worn by both teams in warm-ups. Coaches wore pink. This year, the event touched the hearts of our team; especially our lone senior Lauren LeFevers. She came out on the floor with a passion that night, hitting Guilford's first two jumpshots and nailing a 3 at the buzzer right before half-time to give her team an eight point lead going into the locker room. You knew her grandmother, known to her as Nanny Kay, who passed away earlier this season from her battle with breast cancer was with her during this game. Lauren had a team-high 15 points and we won the game. Talk about making memories. Pink Zone makes this possible.
If your team is not involved in Pink Zone, please find a way to help raise awareness next season. Visit: http://www.wbca.org/2011pinkzone/ for more information. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We encourage all donations from your WBCA Pink Zone event be directed to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
PS: ALL GIRLS LIKE PINK; let them be girly for a great cause!
In memory of KPW.