Women's basketball team to host Pink Out on Jan. 31

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2009-01-21
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University women’s basketball team will host a Pink Out at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the university’s Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex. The event will honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors during halftime of the Huntington University vs. Grace College women’s basketball game.

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. Proceeds from ticket donations, T-shirt sales and “pink” popcorn sales will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

In lieu of ticket sales, game-day admission will be exclusively on a donation basis with a suggested contribution of $5 per adult and $2 for children 12 and younger.

Breast cancer survivors will be honored guests for the game and will be admitted without charge. At the start of halftime, survivors will be escorted onto the floor for special recognition and presented with a complimentary gift provided by the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

“We encourage you to bring family, friends and breast cancer survivors on Saturday, Jan. 31, as we ‘paint the gym pink’ (wear pink), honor survivors and raise funds to find a cure,” said Lori Culler, HU women’s basketball head coach.

To assist with planning for the halftime festivities, breast cancer survivors are asked, if possible, to register in advance by visiting the special HU Pink Out Web site.

Local businesses and area residents are invited to serve as Pink Out sponsors, which provides a myriad of year-long corporate marketing benefits at the Merillat Complex and underwrites scholarship support for HU’s women’s basketball program. For details about Pink Out sponsorship, contact Culler at (260) 359-4213.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
260.359.4129
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
260.359.4284