March 13, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's basketball program proudly announced on Saturday that it has raised $103,750 as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone breast cancer initiative during the 2009-10 season. That total not only more than doubled last year's fund-raising total of more than $45,000, but it also far surpassed Notre Dame's preseason goal of $55,000 for its 2009-10 Pink Zone campaign -- the official Notre Dame Pink Zone web page can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Funds raised from this year's Pink Zone events at Notre Dame will be donated nationally to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and locally to the Foundation For Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Women's Task Force, which includes the Secret Sisters Society and Young Survivors group.
"It's just incredible to see how the Notre Dame and South Bend communities have joined forces to take this fight against breast cancer to a whole new level," Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "The WBCA Pink Zone initiative has been an amazing catalyst in helping to spark the unity and teamwork necessary to make a difference and support everyone who is working hard to put an end to this disease once and for all. All of us in the Notre Dame women's basketball program are profoundly grateful to those people who donated their time and resources to make this year's Pink Zone event such a resounding success."
The Irish went far and wide throughout the Michiana area in 2009-10, undertaking a variety of activities to raise money for the WBCA Pink Zone project, which is now in its third year of existence:
The Feb. 14 Pink Zone game also featured the following special events on the day of the game:
The Notre Dame women's basketball program also is largely indebted to several on-campus groups that played a key role in the success of the Pink Zone initiative at Notre Dame during the 2009-10 season, including the College of Science, the College of Arts and Letters, Relay for Life and the dedicated members of the Pink Zone On-Campus Committee.