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WBCA “Pink Zone” Night on Saturday, February 21 at Women's and Men's Basketball
February 16, 2009

Contact: Mitch Bakken- Sports Information Director (218) 281-8414


(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston’s (UMC) Athletic Department announced today that Saturday, February 21 will be WBCA “Pink Zone” Night at the Golden Eagle Women’s and Men’s Basketball games at Lysaker Gymnasium.
 
WBCA “Pink Zone” Night is a promotion with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise breast cancer awareness. The UMC women and men play St. Cloud State at 2 & 4 p.m. on Saturday. All cancer survivors will get into the game free, everyone wearing pink will get into a reduced price and Golden Eagle athletes will be selling pink t-shirts with the M-Crookston logo on them for $5. Proceeds from the t-shirts will go to breast cancer awareness and research. The UMC teams will be wearing various pink accessories and shooting shirts in recognition of the events.
 
WBCA “Pink Zone” Mission Statement
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.

WBCA “Pink Zone” History
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, 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 over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
 
Another way to help……Saturday SAAC is hosting Soles4Soles
The University of Minnesota, Crookston Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting Soles4Soles at Saturday’s basketball game with St. Cloud State. Fans are encouraged to bring their used/gently worn shoes to donate to Soles4Soles. Fans that bring a pair of shoes will get into the games for free.
Soles4Souls ships the shoes directly to people in need, domestically and internationally. Soles4Souls was founded in 2004 by Wayne Elsey, who felt compelled to do something after seeing a picture of a single shoe washed up on the beach, while watching the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, according to the Web site, soles4souls.org.  Elsey contacted friends in the shoe industry and managed to arrange the donation of a quarter of a million shoes to survivors of the tsunami, according to the Web site. A year later, after Hurricane Katrina hit, Elsey called his friends again and gathered a million pairs of shoes for survivors. Because of the success of his campaign, Elsey decided to start a non-profit organization to help shoeless people around the world. His motto is "changing the world one pair at a time."  Soles4Souls has given away more than three million pairs of shoes in 45 states and 61 countries through donations from shoe companies, retailers, churches and schools.
For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.
 
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).