Fans Encouraged To Paint The Bank Pink This Weekend

Feb. 16, 2009

SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball fans are encouraged to 'Paint the Bank Pink' this weekend as the Huskies participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 'Pink Zone' initiative during their home games with UCLA, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. and USC, Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

'Pink Zone' is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. Husky players will wear pink uniforms and pink warm-up tops, while Husky coaches will also wear pink. Fans attending both games are encouraged to do the same. The first 500 fans at each game will receive a free 'Real Dawgs Wear Purple...and Pink' t-shirt.

These shirts are also available for purchase at the Husky Team Shop at Bank of America Arena. With the purchase of any pink item in the Husky Team Shop this week, fans will receive a free general admission coupon good for either the UCLA or USC game.

Seattle area cancer organizations will also have booths on the concourse of the arena during both games and donations will be accepted. Fans who donate $10 or more will receive a free ticket to a Husky softball or baseball game and will be entered to win various prizes. The pink jersey of Husky senior Heidi McNeill will also be auctioned off at the end of the season with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Foundation.

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as 'Think Pink,' in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women' basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped made the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

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