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

Oct. 2, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's basketball program will team up with the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition to host the third annual FITBONES Hot Shot Team Challenge on Tuesday, October 10 from 6-9 p.m. 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 individuals in Arizona. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and regular exercise, are the keys to preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

'We are looking forward to hosting the FITBONES Hot Shot Team Challenge for a third consecutive year,' Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. 'Osteoporosis is a disease that affects millions. Anything that we can do to raise awareness and educate people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is extremely important.'

Last year the event raised more than $12,000 for the AZOC, doubling the amount of money that was raised in 2004. The funds were used to create public awareness about Osteoporosis, research, and for screening of the disease.

'The support we have received in the past from the Valley community for women's athletics and a women's cause has been tremendous,' added Turner Thorne.

Teams of four 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, each competitor's score will be added to the overall team score. Teams will advance to the Fitbones Finals based on overall team score where they will play for trophies.

Teams can sign up for the Hot Shot Team Challenge at the cost of $200 per team. Due to NCAA recruiting regulations, females participating must be over 21 years of age or junior high age and younger. High school and junior college students are not eligible to participate in the competition. Teams can sign up at the door on Tuesday, or register online at

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes people to have thin, porous bones that break easily. It is estimated that one in two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes.

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