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Women’s Basketball To Host Pink Zone Event To Raise Awareness For Breast Health This Saturday

Women’s Basketball To Host Pink Zone Event To Raise Awareness For Breast Health This Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale Women's Basketball team is proud to partner with the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, the Yale Cancer Center and the "Closer to Free Fund" to host its annual Pink Zone event to raise breast health awareness on Saturday, Feb. 22. Entering its seventh year, the Pink Zone day will be highlighted with pink-themed events at the women's basketball game against Columbia at 7 p.m. in John J. Lee Ampitheater, as well as the "Battle of the Badges" competition earlier in the day.

All proceeds from the day will go to benefit cancer research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center through the "Closer To Free" fund. Over the past four years, Yale's Pink Zone has generated over $25,000 to support the fight against cancer.

Fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the women's basketball game. During the game there are several activities planned, including raffle prizes, pictures with Boola, giveaways for youth fans and pink cotton candy available in the concessions. There will also be a team autograph session for all youth fans following the game.

The "Battle of the Badges" competition, a bench press competition to benefit breast cancer research, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The event consists of teams of three, with each participant in the competition bench-pressing a percentage of his or her body weight. The winner will be determined by the team posting the most total repetitions and will also be recognized at halftime of the women's basketball game.

The Public Safety division will be comprised exclusively of police, fire, security and other emergency medical personnel, who will compete for the right to call themselves the 2014 "Battle of the Badges" Champions. There will also be an Open Division for the Yale community and friends. For more information or to register for the Battle of the Badges competition, please contact Jarietta Benton at (203) 432-1487 or via e-mail at

Please join the Yale University Athletic Department in continuing to raise awareness and support breast cancer research.

About the Closer to Free Fund and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven opened in October 2009 and is rapidly becoming known as a world-class cancer hospital. A partnership between Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center, it is named for benefactor Joel E. Smilow '54, and provides all cancer services in a patient and family-oriented facility.

In 2011, Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center joined forces to create Closer to Free, the fund that provides essential financial support for cancer research and patient care by combining the gifts of many donors. This support is critical to ensure that new research can be pursued without delay, promising treatments are aggressively developed and patient care is continuously enhanced.

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital provides multidisciplinary, patient-focused care for women diagnosed with breast cancer or other breast problems. It was recently accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers. The Center's affiliation with Yale Cancer Center makes it the only National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northeast to also have the NAPBC accreditation. The Breast Center provides rapid diagnosis and treatment, and access to the most up-to-date technology and research. Most importantly, patients receive personal, friendly, confidential care that is designed to meet the needs of the whole patient, not just the disease.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity