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Yale Athletics to Host WBCA Pink Zone Event This Saturday

Yale gymnastics, men's basketball and women's basketball teams (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale gymnastics, men's basketball and women's basketball teams (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale University Athletics Department will be hosting a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone event this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven. The festivities, which will raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to be designated for breast cancer research, will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a Yale gymnastics meet (1 p.m.) and women’s basketball game (7 p.m.) as a part of the day-long event.

The first formal event of the day begins at 10 a.m., with the “Battle of the Badges” bench press competition in the Brooks-Dwyer Varsity Weight Room. The event will consist of teams of three, with each participant in the competition bench-pressing a percentage of his or her body weight. The team posting the most total repetitions will be declared the winner. One division will be exclusively comprised of police, fire and medical personnel, who will compete for the right to call themselves the 2010 Battle of the Badges Champions. There will also be an open division, which will feature several teams comprised of Yale football players and other Yale Athletics personnel. The Yale football team will also serve as spotters for the competition.

At 1 p.m., the Yale gymnastics squad will compete against in-state rivals Bridgeport and Southern Connecticut State. The Bulldogs will also be hosting their Youth Day, Alumnae Day and Senior Day festivities during the meet with the Purple Knights and the Owls. Yale’s gymnasts will be signing autographs for fans shortly after the conclusion of the meet.

While the John J. Lee Amphitheater is hosting gymnastics, the hallway of Payne Whitney Gym will be the site of a health fair. The health fair will feature local vendors and health specialists providing advice and informational brochures pertaining to leading a healthier lifestyle.

The main event of the day-long event will be Ivy League women’s basketball action as the Bulldogs host Ancient Eight rival Penn at 7 p.m. Fans will have chances to win raffle prizes and giveaways and to participate in various contests throughout the game. Admission to the contest is free with a donation. WBCA Pink Zone t-shirts and game programs will also be for sale, with all of the net proceeds also being donated to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

The Yale-New Haven Hospital mammography van will also be at Payne Whitney Gym on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, or to make an appointment with the mammography van, call the YNNH mammography office at (203) 688-6800.

Throughout the day, Yale athletics will also be hosting a silent auction and offering many other chances to win great prizes and support an important cause.

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative, formerly known as “Think Pink”, is dedicated to raising awareness and donations for breast cancer research. This season, the Yale men’s basketball and gymnastic teams have joined the women’s basketball team in the nationwide effort.

Yale WBCA Pink Zone flyer
WBCA Pink Zone
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven