SPECIAL "THINK PINK" ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY FSU ATHLETICS
Bulldogs To Hold Health-Related Events In Conjunction With WBCA Initiative
The Ferris State University Athletics Department will support an important initiative sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) by holding "Think Pink Day" in conjunction with FSU's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader against Lake Superior State Saturday, Feb. 16, inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.
The WBCA's "Think Pink" 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. As part of the day's activities, the Bulldog women's basketball team and staff will wear special pink attire including shoelaces, socks and tshirts to help support the cause.
The Bulldog women's game against the Lakers tips off at 1 p.m. (EST) with the men's game to follow at 3 p.m. (EST). Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to game time. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the local Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Fund.
All surviving cancer patients are encouraged to attend the game and wear pink for free admission.
Game officials across the nation will also be blowing a commemorative pink whistle during "Think Pink Week" from Feb. 8-17. Nationally, more than 750 schools have already signed up in one form or another to take part in this important initiative.
FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic will make a special presentation to the local Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation in conjunction with the Feb. 16 activities. Special giveaway items sponsored by the Mecosta County Medical Center will also be distributed. The Ferris women's basketball 6th Dawg Booster Club will also be holding a reception at halftime of the women's contest inside Wink Arena.
"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."
Additionally, Ferris will be holding a "Health Care Awareness Day" event in conjunction with the games against Lake Superior State. Displays and giveaways will be held throughout the day in the concourse between Jim Wink Arena and the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The FSU schools of Pharmacy, Allied Health and Optometry will be offering free oral and health screenings for such things as blood pressure, vision, blood glucose and diabetes in the lobby area from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The events will coincide not only with the basketball doubleheader, but also with FSU's scheduled Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home game versus Miami (Ohio) the same evening at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
In addition to all of the health-related events, the FSU Athletics Department will also honor three current or former Bulldog football players in Mike Klobucher, Jake Visser and Erik Schumacher during the basketball doubleheader for being recipients of prestigious national and conference sponsored awards. Klobucher recently was named the 2006-07 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CAA) National Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Visser and Schumacher were recognized as inaugural winners of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award sponsored by Meijer, Inc. A local youth boys basketball team from Big Rapids Middle School coached by Nate Green will also scrimmage at halftime of the men's basketball contest.
The Bulldog women's basketball squad will celebrate "Think Pink Week" by wearing their pink attire not only for next Saturday's game against LSSU, but also for both of this week's home contests versus Northern Michigan (Feb. 7) and Michigan Tech (Feb. 9). Thursday's game against the Wildcats begins at 6 p.m. (EST) with Saturday's contest versus MTU set to start at 1 p.m. (EST).