Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department will once again support an important nationwide initiative sponsored by both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) by holding "Pink Wave Night" in conjunction with FSU's league doubleheader against Wayne State this Thursday, Feb. 17, inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.
The WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. More than 1,800 basketball teams and supporting organizations are expected to participate in some way during the WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative in 2011.
Additionally, the GLIAC is also committed to the fight against breast cancer by encouraging support for the "Pink Wave" campaign throughout its member league institutions.
As part of this year's "Pink Wave" night, the FSU Athletics Department has teamed up again locally with "Colleges Against Cancer" and the organization will be on hand fundraising for the cause throughout the night.
The Bulldog men's and women's basketball teams will wear special pink shooting shirts to help support the cause during the game. Many game officials across the nation will also be blowing a commemorative pink whistle during the "Pink Zone" initiative.
The Bulldog men's game against the Warriors tips off at 6 p.m. (ET) with the women's game to follow at 8 p.m. (ET). Fans are encouraged to wear pink as well to help support the cause.
"All of us are connected to someone who is affected by cancer," said FSU women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow. "Those who are fighting (all) the stress, as well as the mental, and physical pain associated with this disease are very inspiring to our players. We want to support and honor these people -- they are heroes for what they endure."
Colleges Against Cancer will have an informational table located in the facility lobby and will also be selling custom t-shirts throughout the night to raise funds.
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society. Funds raised during the league doubleheader will be used to further cancer research and help local programs.
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. Overall, the initiative has raised nearly $3.3 million, reached almost 2.7 million fans and united more than 4,700 participants in only four years. More than 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1 million in donations in 2010 alone.
In addition to Thursday's twinbill against the Warriors, the Bulldogs will also host Findlay in GLIAC play on Saturday (Feb. 19) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) for the men and 3 p.m. (ET) for the women with a variety of promotional activities planned in conjunction with both games.
Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door. FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. Adult general admission tickets are $7 while FSU faculty/staff, seniors and students grades K-12 are $5. Ferris students are admitted free with student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
Both doubleheaders will also have a significant impact on the court.
The Bulldog men's team has currently won 10 consecutive games and holds a two-game lead over rival Grand Valley State in the GLIAC North Division standings with three games left in the regular-season. FSU is 18-5 overall and 14-2 in league action. Findlay and Wayne State are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in the GLIAC South Division and both teams join Ferris among the region's top 10-ranked schools.
Meanwhile, the the Bulldog women are currently tied for the eighth and final spot in the GLIAC Tournament race. WSU is only a half-game behind FSU entering the week.