Oregon State's Scott Rueck puts on the pink for breast cancer awareness
SAN FRANCISCO – Scott Rueck’s success as Oregon State women’s basketball coach has provided him with a big voice in the Corvallis community, and he has done his part to make a positive impact off the Gill Coliseum hardwood.
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rueck provided his services as emcee of Puttin’ on the Pink in mid-October, a fashion show benefitting The Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.), which connects cancer survivors with those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s what we do. It’s women’s basketball. It’s our cause,” Rueck said Wednesday at 2014-15 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Media Day, noting that breast cancer fortunately does not run in his family.
Sure enough, there was Rueck, pink shorts and pink headband (Sydney Wiese would be proud), doing his best Ryan Seacrest impersonation.
“I’ve never been asked to emcee anything, but that was an incredible night – 20 cancer survivors being celebrated,” Rueck said. “Can’t say no to that. It’s a very important cause to me and our sport.”