"Battle of the Badges," Women's Basketball Vs. Dartmouth Highlight Daylong Slate
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University Athletic Department will host its fourth-annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone event on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
The festivities begin with the annual "Battle of the Badges" competition, a bench press fundraiser to beat breast cancer, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium Fitness Center.
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 emergency medical personnel, who will compete for the right to call themselves the 2011 "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, and a fraternity and sorority division.
At 1 p.m., the Yale gymnastics squad will host the Bulldog Invitational, featuring Springfield College and Temple, in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Also at 1 p.m., the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host Brown in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in the final home meet of the season.
The Pink Zone event schedule will culminate with Ivy League women's basketball action as the Yale women's basketball team plays host to rival Dartmouth in the John J. Lee Amphitheater at 7 p.m.
Admission to the game is free, but fans are encouraged to wear pink. PinkZone T-shirts, along with pink cupcakes, lemonade, and cotton candy will be for sale.
A raffle and a silent auction will be offered throughout the day, with many chances to win great prizes to support this important cause.
All proceeds from the entire schedule of events will benefit breast cancer research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.
Each season, the Yale Athletic Department is dedicated to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative.
The WBCA began the Pink Zone initiative, formerly known as "Think Pink," in 2007 as a way 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, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
Breast Cancer is the second-leading cause of death for all women and the leading overall cause of death among women between the ages of 20 and 59. These alarming statistics, among others, inspired 120 schools to participate in the initiative in its inaugural season. Since 2007, the WBCA Pink Zone has grown exponentially. 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. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56+ schools break attendance records at their event. In 2010, over 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1,045,000 in donations and reached more than 922,000 fans across the nation. Over 22 schools broke attendance records through their participation.
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. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation. The WBCA strongly encourages all donations from Pink Zone games to be given to this Fund.
Coach Yow, who lost her long battle with breast cancer in January 2009, established the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund that, in partnership with the V Foundation, has grown to encompass the WBCA Pink Zone initiative. To quote the legendary head coach:
"Despite all the games that I have coached and all the great opponents that I have battled on the court, breast cancer has by far been the toughest opponent that I have faced. My hope is that this funding will help to change the lives of many men and women who face this opponent daily. Cancer is something that touches everyone's life, and it is important to understand that we call can make a difference. Each of you can be a part of finding an answer. Join me today, and let's beat cancer once and for all!"
Did You Know?
- Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer among women. Today, approximately 1 in almost every 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- The risk of breast cancer increases as a woman grows older. During 2002-2006, 95% of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 40 and older.
- During 2002-2006, the median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis was 61 years. This means that 50% of women who developed breast cancer were age 61 or younger at the time of diagnosis.
- In 2010, it was estimated that there would be 207,090 new cases of breast cancer in women and 1,970 cases of breast cancer in men. Of these, an estimated 39,840 women and 390 men will die from the disease.
- The best available method to detect breast cancer early is a mammography screening.
Please join the Yale University Athletic Department and the WBCA in continuing to raise awareness and support breast cancer research. In order to build upon the success year after year we need all the help we can get. Please visit www.wbca.org to find out how you, your school, your community or your organization can be involved in the movement that has been embraced by so many.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity