The Youngstown State women's basketball program will hold a "pink out game" on Feb. 2 to benefit the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Penguins will wear pink jerseys for the first time in program history as they aim to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer care and research. YSU hosts Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.2, at Beeghly Center.
There will be a silent auction of the pink jersey tops that seniors Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski and Melinda Trimmer will wear at the game, and donations will also be accepted to benefit the Abdu Breast Center, the Joanie's Promise Fund and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Information about breast cancer, mammography as well as the Abdu Breast Center will be available, and there will also be a survivor recognition.
"This is really wonderful – how these young women come together to support our cause," said Dr. Rashid Abdu, who worked for nearly 20 years to garner support for the center established in honor of his wife, Joanie, who died from breast cancer in 1994.
"The reason we're able to have this world-class breast care center in our community is because of all of the people who so generously support it. Without them," Dr. Abdu said, "it wouldn't be possible. And, we're especially grateful to these young people. They are our future and it is great to see how concerned and generous they are."
"So many families are affected by breast cancer, and our team is honored to partner with the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Joanie's Promise Fund to help raise awareness and funds to fight the terrible disease," YSU head coach John Barnes says. "It's important for our student-athletes to give back to the community while they are here at YSU, and participating in events like this pink game and the Panerathon are certainly worthwhile causes."
Student-athletes on the team will be at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital on Jan. 30 from 1-3 p.m. selling tickets for the game. Tickets are also available at the Youngstown State Athletic Ticket Office or by calling (330) 941-1978. Discounted tickets are available if the "pink out" flyer, which can be downloaded at YSUsports.com or picked up at Mercy locations or Beeghly Center, is presented at purchase.
For more information on the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Joanie's Promise Fund, go to www.mercy.com/locations/specialty-locations/breast-health/joanie-abdu-comprehensive-breast-care-center. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, go to kayyow.com.