CHICKASHA – On Feb. 11, there will be an explosion of pink at the USAO Fieldhouse.
From on the court to throughout the stands, Drovers and fans will be raising awareness for early and regular cancer screenings with a sea of pink.
“We started the Pink Out Against Cancer tradition last February, and we’ve been able to carry it through to the softball and soccer programs,” said Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, advisor of USAO’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. “We plan for the tradition to continue to grow.”
The Drovers will take on conference rival Oklahoma Baptist, which will prove to be an important game for the Drovers to win. The Bison men are ranked third in the country and top the conference charts.
Fans from both sides are encouraged to wear pink — a color the Drover women will be sporting on the court. Last season, CAC raised enough money to purchase pink uniforms for the team, and the Drovers will be donning them for the first time.
“It is truly an honor for our team,” said Laci Tompkins, women’s basketball head coach. “It represents so much. It represents real lives and real families affected by this disease. For us to be a part of it in any way is humbling and so much bigger than us or basketball.”
CAC was able to purchase pink uniforms for the Drover women thanks to donation by students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and fans, especially Wayne Hey, whose generous donation made the uniforms possible.
Led by Loutsch, CAC will be giving away a free shirt every time USAO hits a three-pointer during the doubleheader.
CAC also will be raffling off the “Shirts of the Players’ Back.” In between the women’s and men’s games, the club will raffle off shirts the women worn in warm up and signed by the individual player. The same will happen with the men’s shirts at the halftime of the men’s game.
Additionally, cancer survivors will be honored in a special presentation in between the game.
CAC will have a bake sale during the games and will be selling the remaining “Hoop for a Cure” shirts, made in honor of Saturday’s game.
The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m. and the men will follow at 5 p.m. The survivor ceremony will begin at roughly 4:45 p.m.
“Our girls are thrilled about this opportunity,” Tompkins said. “We are excited and hope we have great attendance on Saturday in support of this fundraiser.”