Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University women’s basketball program raised $2,007 for breast cancer research through a Pink Out event held Saturday.
The team presented a check to Heidi Floyd, development ambassador for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, following its game against Grace College. Funds were raised through donations in lieu of a game-day admission charge as well as through T-shirt and pink popcorn sales.
Women's basketball players from HU and Grace College, coaches, cheerleaders and breast cancer survivors
“There is a misconception that this disease only affects older women,” said Floyd, a three-year breast cancer survivor. “Younger women need to take care of themselves and realize that this disease affects women of all ages.”
All of the funds donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer are directed toward breast cancer research, Floyd explained.
Beth Goldsmith speaks during halftime. Other breast cancer survivors, standing behind her, were recognized and then given candles from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.
“This research saves lives,” she said. “It saved my life, and it saved my son’s life.” Floyd was pregnant with her son, Noah, when she discovered she had breast cancer.
Beth Goldsmith, a breast cancer survivor and former assistant coach of the Huntington University women’s basketball team, spoke at halftime. Goldsmith’s sister passed away from the disease, and her mother is currently fighting it.
Beth Goldsmith, breast cancer survivor, spoke at halftime.
“I am grateful for this journey,” she told the crowd. “It hasn’t changed my life goals and purpose, but it has expanded them.”
Goldsmith said she was pleased to come back and support “a coach, a program and an institution that I respect so much.” She also found it meaningful to tie the support for this particular cause to an athletic event because “breast cancer affects so many female athletes.”
Also at halftime, 35 breast cancer survivors were recognized and presented with a Pink Elephants Candle of Hope from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.
HU students and other fans supported breast cancer awareness by wearing pink.
The event was co-sponsored by Beacon Credit Union, represented by Sue Rumple, Huntington branch manager, and the Huntington Schools Federal Credit Union, represented by Don Cotton, board member.
“At Beacon Credit Union, we wanted the opportunity to become involved with the university, so when this event came along, we viewed it as an excellent opportunity to partner with the university and to sponsor a worthy cause like breast cancer awareness and research,” Rumple said. “At Beacon, we feel very honored to be a part of this great event at the university.”
HU's Courtney Beerbower takes a shot during the game against Grace College on Saturday.
“As a credit union, we receive many requests for our involvement,” said Cotton. “We want to sponsor something worthwhile, and something we believe in, and this event met that criterion.”
Other sponsors included Huntington University’s Student Senate, Sodexo, Coach’s Connection Inc. and Town & Country Flowers & Gifts.
The Huntington University Foresters, ranked 12th by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, defeated the Grace College Lancers 80-63.
Pink Out is a nationwide initiative of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to support breast cancer research and awareness programs. HU’s Pink Out will become an annual women’s basketball event to raise awareness and resources to advance breast cancer education and research.
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