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Loyola athletics supported cancer awareness at monday's hoops games

February 12, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans athletic program participated in the nationwide cancer awareness effort this past week and raised nearly $1,000 for cancer research.

The basketball teams held their annual cancer awareness games on Feb. 8, with both teams sporting pink Wolfpack t-shirts during warm ups. The women’s team took part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone, with the players wearing pink arm bands while the coaches wore pink ribbons to increase awareness for breast cancer.

The men did their part in representing the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer project. The coaching staff participated in the nationwide Suites and Sneakers to promote awareness about the disease and about the American Cancer Society.

During the game, all fans and spectators were given information through pamphlets and public address announcements about cancer. Some of the information provided was how to reduce risks, the importance of yearly checkups, and ways to help fund research in finding a cure.

Not only were the basketball teams involved, but all Loyola’s athletic teams supported the effort as part of the department’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character program. Throughout the week, student-athletes sold the pink T-shirts all over campus.

All of the proceeds raised go directly to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the American Cancer Society.

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