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Dan Carter, MSU Billings, 406-657-2269
Jeanelle Slade, St. Vincent Healthcare, 406-855-1223

February 9, 2009

Yellowjacket women team up with St. Vincent Healthcare to "think Pink" for breast cancer awareness

What: “Think Pink Night” for breast cancer awareness
When: Wednesday, Feb. 18 at MSU Billings Yellowjackets game vs. Western Washington
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: MSU Billings Alterowitz Gym
Details: Partnership between MSU Billings women’s basketball team and the St. Vincent Healthcare Eva Project promotes breast cancer awareness. All women admitted free between 6-7 p.m.  

The players on the Montana State University Billings women’s basketball team live in a world swathed in bright yellow and navy blue, but this month that world will turn pink to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

In partnership with St. Vincent Healthcare’s Eva Project, the MSU Billings Yellowjacket women’s basketball team presents “Think Pink Night” on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Alterowitz Gymnasium, teaming up for breast cancer awareness.

The Yellowjackets that night will take on Western Washington in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. All women will be admitted free from 6-7 p.m. as part of “Think Pink Night.”

The “Think Pink” initiative is a unified effort by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across college campuses, in communities and beyond.

The event features information on breast cancer detection, research, and local support groups. Local breast cancer survivors will also be honored at halftime.

As a physical manifestation of their support, the Yellowjacket players and coaching staff will wear pink during the game. From pink shoelaces to pink fingernail polish to pink uniforms, the women’s basketball team will do its part to raise awareness about breast cancer issues.

“Almost everyone on the team has been affected either directly or indirectly by breast cancer,” said Natalie Visger, MSU Billings assistant women’s coach. “This is an important event.”

One of the key messages to be carried by players and the healthcare community on Wednesday night is early detection. With early detection through a mammogram, breast cancer can be identified and successfully treated. The St. Vincent Healthcare Eva Project provides free digital mammograms to limited-income women over 40 who would not otherwise be able to have one. Call 237-4373 for more information about the Eva Project.

As an added attraction at this year’s “Think Pink Night” a pink Schwinn girls’ bicycle is being raffled off to help raise money for the Eva Project and the MSU Billings women’s basketball program. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for three. They can be purchased through the main Athletics Office in Alterowitz Gym (657-2369) or at the Office of University Relations on the second floor of McMullen Hall (657-2266).

For more information on “Think Pink Night” contact MSU Billings Athletics at 657-2369 or St. Vincent Healthcare at 238-6223.

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