UA Women's Basketball Invites Community to Think Pink
The team will participate Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day, wearing pink to raise awareness about breast cancer.

By Ellen Moss, University Communications
Jan. 30, 2008

The Arizona women's basketball team will add a new color to the traditional red and blue on Saturday as they help raise awareness for breast cancer by donning pink accessories.

As part of Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day, an event launched by the National Women's Basketball Coaches Association last year, players and coaches will wear pink at their game on Saturday and the first 500 fans will receive pink ribbons.

John Pedicone, senior faculty fellow of education at The University of Arizona and former president of the Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Koman for the Cure, will guest coach Saturday's game.

Pedicone, who lost both his mother and sister to breast cancer, said he's excited to join the team in raising awareness about an issue close to his heart.

"It's a real joy to contribute in even a small way," Pedicone said. "Any time you can make people focus on ending this disease is great."

Pedicone applauded coach Joan Bonvicini and her players for being proactive in the fight against breast cancer.

"Joan and the team are really doing a service to the community by getting the word out," he said.

Last year, more than 120 schools participated in the Think Pink event, and this year more than 700 schools from 19 conferences across the country will take part.

Tip-off for Saturday's game against Oregon State is at 2 p.m. in McKale Memorial Center. Tickets are available online at, by calling 621-CATS or at the McKale Ticket Office. Breast cancer survivors can receive free admission to the game by visiting and printing off the Think Pink flyer under the News and Events button.

Also on Saturday, kids 18 and under are invited to attend the Club Arizona Fitness Fair. The fair will feature interactive health education booths, picture and autograph opportunities with Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, putting with UA golfers, handstands with the UA Gymcats, music, food and more.

The fair begins at noon and also will be held at McKale. Admission to the fair is included in the price of a game ticket.