FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Athletics hosted numerous “Pink” Events to promote breast cancer awareness and through the hard work of the entire athletic department and Zeta Tau Alpha and also the donations of generous fans, FGCU Athletics raised over $1300 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the 2009-10 sports calendar.
The initiative unified the entire department (staff and student-athletes) through their participation in FGCU’s 2010 breast cancer awareness campaign, which assisted in raising breast cancer awareness on the court/field, across campus, in communities and beyond.
"These ‘Pink’ events were a way for us to give back to a wonderful cause,” said Life Skills Coordinator Marin McCabe. “The student-athletes were excited to participate and hopefully next year we'll be able to raise even more money."
Pink FGCU t-shirts were sold during the ‘Dig Pink’ Volleyball game this fall and during the Women’s Basketball Think Pink Game on February 18. The t-shirt sales raised over $650.
On March 23, the Softball team held their ‘Pink Night’ against Dartmouth. The motivation for the Think Pink game came from junior catcher Nicole Boswell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and her roommates, junior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla.) and senior Hayley O’Mara (Naples, Fla.). Nicole’s mother, Debbie, was diagnosed this past fall with breast cancer and Boswell wanted the team to support her mother with the public gesture of wearing pink ribbons all season on the back of their batting helmets. The team also wanted to participate in the “Relay for Life” and “Race for the Cure” but both dates conflicted with game days so the players and coaching staff had to come up with a different manner of raising awareness and money for this cause.
The players decided to wear specially designed pink jerseys and coaches wore pink caps, which were all were auctioned off during the game. The final proceeds from the auction exceeded $800.