Women's Basketball Helps Raise More Than $8,000 for Breast Cancer Research

PHILADELPHIA — Throughout the 2008-09 season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team participated in the nationwide “Pink Zone” campaign and raised more than $8,000 for breast cancer research.

Penn’s efforts helped to raise $5,228 and with a $2,880 contribution from the Penn Pan-Hellenic Council, there was a total of $8,108 donated to the Rena Rowan Breast Center at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

The women’s basketball team’s donation was comprised of a combination of revenue from “Pink Zone” t-shirt sales, all ticket sales for the “Pink Zone” game against Yale, and individual contributions. The team also wore pink warm-ups prior to the Valentine’s Day game and continued to wear pink shoelaces at each of their remaining games.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) started “Pink Zone” in a unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. The initiative, formerly known as “Think Pink,” began in 2007 with more than 120 schools unified in its efforts. This season, there were more than 1,500 confirmed teams participating in the event.

The Rena Rowan Breast Center is a division of the Abramson Cancer Center located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Inspired by fashion designer and businesswoman Rena Rowan, the center is designed to provide quality attention and treatment to breast cancer patients.

As well as the breast cancer fundraising efforts, the Feb. 14 women’s basketball game featured volunteer Elise Buckwalter donating her hair to Locks of Love during halftime. The Locks of Love charity is an organization which supplies hair pieces to children suffering from long-term hair loss as a result of illness.

To add to the festive atmosphere, the Quakers women’s basketball team defeated the Bulldogs, 62-46.

Fundraising efforts are not complete, however, as the University is always accepting donations toward the fight against breast cancer.