SAINT LEO, Fla. – As part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative, the Saint Leo women’s basketball team and their cross town rivals will be teaming up to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Foundation.

On Wednesday, February 18, the Lions will battle the University of Tampa Spartans, but during the game, a much more important battle will be waged.  

This year’s Pink Zone event will hold special regard as long-time Head Coach Kay Yow passed away on January 24 after a long battle with breast cancer.  

The theme for this event, “Assisting in the Fight Against Breast Cancer,” will serve as the basis for the entire game. Fans are asked to pledge money for each assist that the Lions record during this game.  The University of Tampa will also be collecting money from their fan base for each assist that they record.  At the conclusion of the game, the money will be combined and the donation will be made to the Kay Yow Foundation in each team’s name.     

Fans are encouraged to wear pink as we attempt the first ever “Pink Out” in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.  The first 500 fans will also receive a pink ribbon lapel pin to show their support for this cause.  In addition, breast cancer survivors and those who are currently battling breast cancer will be guests of honor for this event.  Their entry fee will be waved, and they will be recognized at halftime of the game.

The Lions have set their goal to raise one thousand dollars through this event, and your help is graciously appreciated.  You are welcome to bring your donation to the game, or you can drop it off at the Athletics Office prior to the game.  If you need further information about how to donate, please contact Erika Danford at erika.danford@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8684.

Mission Statement

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.

History

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.