SALISBURY, Md. – The official colors of Salisbury University athletics are maroon and gold, but on Saturday, the Salisbury women's basketball team, in conjunction with Women Supporting Women, hopes to fill Maggs Physical Activities Center with pink. The Sea Gull women's and men's teams will host Frostburg State University in the teams' final home doubleheader of the 2010-11 season with the women's game being part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone initiative.
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. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach who lost her battle with the disease in 2009, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006. In its four years of existence, the WBCA Pink Zone has seen more than 4,700 schools and organizations come together, reaching almost 2.7 million fans and raising nearly $3.3 million. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
"Almost everyone's life has been touched by cancer, directly or indirectly. Through our families and friends, it has changed our lives. Having worked alongside Coach Yow and knowing the way she fought was inspirational," Salisbury University women's basketball Head Coach Charisse Mapp said. "My team and I want to do everything we can to get to a point where no one else has to fight that battle with breast cancer."
As part of the Pink Zone festivities, the first 100 fans through the door who donate to the cause will receive a free T-shirt. There will be a 50/50 drawing with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and all cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized at halftime by Women Supporting Women.
Saturday will also mark the final regular-season home game for seniors on both the men's and women's teams; they will be honored before their games.