Feb. 17, 2009
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team is asking fans to step into the "Pink Zone" on Sunday when it hosts Georgia at 2 p.m. CT. Head coach Nell Fortner and the AU team are excited to be part of the WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative this season, helping raise awareness of breast cancer.
Fans are asked to join the teams and both coaching staffs and wear pink on Sunday. All tickets are just $2 and are available on the Internet at AuburnTigers.com, by phone at 1-800-AUB-1957 or at the door on game day.
The Tigers are proud to announce that ALFA Insurance has come on as the presenting sponsor of the event and has offered to donate $1 for each of the first 5,000 fans in attendance to benefit the Joy to Life Foundation.
"ALFA Insurance is proud to sponsor Auburn's Pink Zone game which will benefit the Joy to Life Foundation," said Carol Golsan, ALFA's senior vice president, Marketing Services. "I know from first-hand experience what this foundation can do and we are proud to be a major contributor."
A disease that has hit the basketball community directly this season with the passing of North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, breast cancer is something that Fortner feels is important to raise awareness for.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity to join with the WBCA in its efforts to raise breast cancer awareness," Fortner said. "We appreciate ALFA's support and donation to the Joy to Life Foundation and encourage Tiger fans to come out and get into the 'Pink Zone' on Sunday, Feb. 22."
The Joy to Life Foundation is a non-profit organization providing free mammograms for medically underserved women under 50 years of age in 28 counties in South Central Alabama. The organization was founded in 2001 by Joy and Richard Blondheim of Montgomery, Ala. Joy Blondheim, a breast cancer survivor, along with her husband, Richard, are dedicating their time and efforts to women who are fighting to win the battle against breast cancer.
"The Joy to Life Foundation is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the `Pink Zone' game this year," said Joy Blondheim. "We want to thank ALFA and Auburn University for offering support of our mission - funding mammograms for the medically underserved women in South Central Alabama. We are truly grateful."
As part of the game day festivities, the first 1,000 fans to the game will receive a `Pink Zone' T-shirt from ALFA Insurance. Fans will also enjoy a halftime performance by the Zooperstars.
Don't miss this valuable opportunity to help Auburn make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer affects thousands of women and their families every year and has touched those close to the Auburn family.
What is the WBCA's "Pink Zone"?
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. The WBCA began the WBCA Pink ZoneTM, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. 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 more than 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
For more information on the "Pink Zone" initiative please visit www.wbca.org/pinkzone.asp.