Pink blanketed the Siegel Center on Saturday, Feb. 8 as the VCU women’s basketball team joined forces with the Massey Cancer Center to raise breast cancer awareness.
Several former and current breast cancer patients assisted head coach Marlene Stollings in coaching the Lady Rams for the afternoon, providing inspiration for the players as VCU battled cross-town rival University of Richmond.
In addition to the guest coaches, scores of current and former Massey Cancer Center patients were acknowledged during a brief pregame introduction.
At halftime, a breast cancer video tribute was followed by a special ceremony dedicated to four current and former patients, who shared their cancer experience with the crowd. VCU welcomed all fans affected by the disease, as well as those who help care for and treat it, to join the current and former patients on the court.
A select number of free Pink Out T-shirts were distributed to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the Lady Rams wore special pink jerseys.
More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, according to a VCU press release.