Southeastern to 'Pack the House for Pink' at Feb. 9 Lady Lions basketball game
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana University women's basketball team will do its part to raise breast cancer awareness and promote the game of women's basketball with the "Pack the House for Pink" promotion in conjunction with its Southland Conference contest with Lamar on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the University Center.
The Lady Lions will support both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" week, as well as the NCAA's "Pack the House" program during their contest with the Lady Cardinals.
"We are very excited to be supporting the "Think Pink" and "Pack the House" programs," Southeastern head women's basketball coach Lori Davis Jones commented. "Our program, university and community are all very committed to promoting breast cancer awareness. The Feb. 9 game with Lamar will give us the special opportunity to play our part in the fight against breast cancer, while also showcasing our exciting brand of Division I women's basketball."
The Lady Lions, who will be sporting special pink uniforms, will honor breast cancer survivors at halftime. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to the game and the first 500 fans to arrive at the University Center will receive a free t-shirt. Entrance to the game will be $4 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. There will also be a variety of door prizes for attendees.
As with all Lion and Lady Lion home athletic events, Southeastern students will receive free admission by presenting a valid Southeastern ID card. High school teams can receive free admission by faxing a full roster to Lady Lion assistant coach Brent Harris at (985) 549-3603.
"We are extending a special invitation to high school teams to attend and bring with them banners supporting the 'Think Pink' campaign," Jones said.
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. More than 700 schools throughout the nation have agreed to participate in the cause during "Think Pink" Week, which runs from Feb. 8-17.
The NCAA and the WBCA have also partnered for the "Pack the House" promotion with the goal of helping increase attendance for and promote collegiate women's basketball. The NCAA challenged each of its member institutions to designate one home game during the season to promote as "Pack the House" Night. The goal for each participating institution is to top the largest attendance number from the previous season. For Southeastern to reach its goal, the Lady Lions must draw more than 790 fans to the Feb. 9 contest.