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Saturday Hoops Twinbill Loaded With Events

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against visiting Hood will revolve around a trio of events on Saturday. The Saints will host their Northern Virginia Family & Youth League Basketball Day along with senior day for both squads and the first of MU’s two Pink Zone games.

For the Family & Youth League Basketball Day, free admission will be provided to all team members, coaches, parents and siblings who preregister for this event along with free parking in the campus garage on the day of the event. A pizza party for the teams after either the women’s or men’s game will be attended by head coaches Ashlee Courter and Chris Rogers, along with their players and assistant coaches. Contests and prizes will be awarded out throughout the day and all participating team will be recognized during half time.

Northern Virginia Family & Youth League Basketball Day Brochure

The women’s basketball team has designated the game against Hood as one of two Pink Zone® games this year. The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games and the Saints will don pink uniforms.

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.

In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make 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. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56+ schools break attendance records at their event. In 2010, over 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1,045,000 in donations and reached more than 922,000 fans across the nation. Over 22 schools broke attendance records through their participation.

Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 Million, has reached almost 2.7 Million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.

For more information on the WBCA Pink Zone, log on to www.wbca.org/2011pinkzone

Five seniors will also be honored for their contributions to the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Bryan DeBruin and Stephen Simoneau are four-year letterwinners for the men’s squad while Maame Amponsah, Amanda Billy and Beth Wiggins all played four years on the women’s side as well.

Saturday’s games tip-off at 2 p.m. for the women followed by a 4 p.m. start for the men.