'Think Pink' event Friday
Carnegie Mellon’s women’s basketball team is teaming up with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and will be holding a “Think Pink” day on Sunday, Feb. 3, as they host the Washington University Bears at 2 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium.
The team encourages everyone in attendance to wear pink to support breast cancer research. Donations will be collected at the game with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.
Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to ensure quality care for patients and to support cancer research. The organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill this promise, becoming the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
The athletic department is continually searching for ways to get Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff involved in athletic events and community affairs. Members of the department hope that students who attend the “Think Pink” theme will attract students to the game, encouraging them to make donations and increase awareness for breast cancer research. Many athletes, as well as others within the community, have been affected by the devastating effects of cancer, and the women’s basketball team aims to bring the community together to acknowledge the struggle and listen to success stories.
“I definitely support the WBCA initiative, but as a basketball team, since we don’t charge any admission, it’s wise for us to do something like this to help others out,” said Carissa Sain, assistant women’s basketball coach and coordinator of the event. “CMU students are generally lucky and privileged individuals, so we should make an extra effort to help those in need.”
The following Friday, Feb. 8, the Tartans travel to St. Louis for a 6 p.m. tipoff. There, Washington University will be also be holding a “Think Pink” day.