ASU Women's Hoops Teams Up With Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition for Hot Shot Team Challenge

Oct. 8, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's basketball program will team up with the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition and the Phoenix Mercury to host the first annual FITBONES Hot Shot Team Challenge on Tuesday, October 26 at Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU is working with the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition to raise awareness about a disease that affects more than 10 million people in America, including 810,000 in Arizona. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and regular exercise, are the keys to preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

'We are very excited about the opportunity to host the FITBONES Hot Shot Team Challenge and to help the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition educate people about this disease and have a good time while doing it,' Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. 'Osteoporosis is a disease that affects millions, including a lot of young women like the players in our program. Anything that we can do to raise awareness and educate people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is extremely important. The support we have received in the past from people in the Valley for women's athletics and a women's cause has been tremendous, and we are looking forward to a very successful event.'

Teams of four people will participate in the Hot Shot Team Challenge, which runs from 6-10 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Competitors will attempt to score as many points as possible in one minute, shooting from five designated hot spots on the court. At the end of one minute, the competitor's score will be added to the overall team score with teams advancing to the finals in each division.

Teams can sign up for the Hot Shot Team Challenge at the cost of $200 per team. Females must be 21 years or older, and due to NCAA recruiting regulations, high school and junior college students are not eligible to participate in the competition. Teams can register online at

'We couldn't be happier that the ASU women's basketball program has chosen to feature the Osteoporosis Coalition at this event,' said Jeffrey Lisse, M.D., president of the Board of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition and Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. 'This event will help us tell people that it is largely preventable with healthy diet and exercise in a person's young years and can be managed in the elderly years by medication.'

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes people to have thin, porous bones that break easily. More than 10 million individuals in the United States suffer from the disease and more than 34 million more have low bone mass. It is estimated that one in two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes.

The Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition conducts screenings for individuals all over the state who may not have access to services and provides adult education through weekly classes for post-menopausal women. The coalition has also developed a curriculum for doctors and other healthcare providers and published a quarterly newsletter for healthcare professionals and the public.

For more information, call the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition at 1-866-FITBONES or visit their website at

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