Tallahassee, FL - For the fifth consecutive year, the Florida State women’s basketball team will partake in the ‘Paint it Pink’ initiative aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness this Sunday afternoon as it hosts Boston College at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 1 p.m.
Over the first four years of the charitable venture, the FSU women’s basketball program has been part of an athletic department that raised over $43,000 toward the cause. All proceeds from Sunday’s ‘Paint it Pink’ contest, which will be televised on a host of regional sports networks throughout the nation, benefits the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
The breast health center is named in honor of Sharon Ewing Walker, who passed away from the disease in 2005 after first having an initial successful treatment in 1996. Sharon’s Mother-in-Law, Maye Walker, helped create the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and has been a standout figure in their partnership with Florida State Athletics.
“Every year the ‘Paint it Pink’ game is circled on our calendars because it means so much to all of us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Breast cancer awareness is so critical for our sport to promote because we’ve all been impacted in some way by this illness. We are honored once again to proudly don our pink jerseys and have all of the proceeds benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.”
The Seminoles will wear pink jerseys, socks, shorts and sneakers made by apparel partner Nike.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink at Sunday’s game and can purchase pink T-shirts on the day of the contest. The T-shirts are $10 and benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. Following the game, pink items will be auctioned off on Seminoles.com with the proceeds also being donated. Donations of any amount will be accepted at Sunday’s ‘Paint it Pink’ event.
Another promotion for Sunday’s game is a “Dribble, Dish and Swish” skills clinic that is free for youth in the eighth grade or younger.
Prior to the ‘Paint it Pink’ game on Sunday, Florida State hosts No. 2 Notre Dame on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com.
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