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Lakeland College will enter the "Pink Zone" on Feb. 13 as the college's basketball teams join schools across the nation in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's 2010 breast cancer awareness initiative.
Proceeds from Lakeland's Pink Zone™ events will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, a charitable organization committed to raising money for scientific cancer research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Yow was former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, a past president and founding member of the WBCA and a galvanizing voice for the Association. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on Jan. 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
In her 38 years as a head coach at the college-level, Yow was one of only six Division I head women's basketball mentors to achieve 700 career victories. Yow was also the head coach of the 1988 US Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Seoul.
"Not only has this become a nationwide event, but it is a tradition for our program to raise breast cancer awareness." said Lakeland head women's basketball coach Teri Johnson. "It's a great honor to be able to use our resources to do something so positive."
The first 50 fans wearing pink on Saturday will receive a special Pink Zone gift. There will be a raffle for a chance to win Gamblers, Rattler, Admiral or Gladiator tickets.
Saturday is also senior day, as the women's basketball team honors seniors Chelsea Coenen, Terra Hiben, KC Blahnik and Katie Kilton, and the men honor senior Khendal Andrews.