Cindy McCain to Purchase 10,000th Ticket for AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic

Dec. 7, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), will purchase the 10,000th ticket for the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic at 10 a.m. Friday morning at the main ticket office at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.

The AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic will feature the Arizona State women's basketball team taking on six-time national champion Tennessee at 7 p.m. Dec. 27, 2000 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Greater Phoenix Community Clinical Oncology Program to benefit breast cancer research, treatment and education in the Phoenix area. Arizona State has also called upon the support of individuals and corporations throughout the Valley to sponsor tickets and bus service for youth to attend the Dec. 27 game.

An advocate for children's health care needs, McCain founded the American Voluntary Medical Team in 1998, an organization which provided emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished children throughout the world. In 1995, she started the Hensley Family Foundation, which provides financial assistance for children's programs and activities throughout the Valley.

With 10,000 tickets sold for the event, which is still three weeks away, Arizona State will shatter its own single-game attendance record of 5,271 set on Feb. 26, 2000 at Wells Fargo Arena and also eclipse the Pac-10 Conference women's basketball single-game record of 9,738 set at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court in a game against Oregon State on March 8, 1996.

'We are delighted to have a community leader like Cindy McCain supporting this event,' Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. 'She is someone known throughout the community for her dedication to important causes, and we are excited that she has decided to join our cause. This game has always been an opportunity for people to make a huge statement about supporting women's athletics and a women's cause, and I think having 10,000 tickets sold at this point is a testament to the way that people in the Valley have already pledged their support to the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic. We are also very excited that we will not only set school and Pac-10 Conference attendance records, but also that we have this opportunity to raise money for and awareness about a cause as important as breast cancer,' Turner Thorne said.

For more information about the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic, please call the event hotline at (480) 727-7680. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at (480) 965-2381, Ticket Master at (480) 784-4444 or Bank One Ballpark at (602) 514-8400.

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