Guest post by Tonnisha J. English
Secretary of ODU PRSSA and Komen Columbus Volunteer
On Saturday, February 12th, Ohio Dominican University’s basketball teams went PINK as they hosted the Findley Oilers. All of the players on the women and men’s basketball team were decked out in pink for the game. The players had pink warm-ups, pink shoe strings, pink headbands and even warmed up with a pink basketball. The men’s basketball coach, Artie Taylor, decided to go the extra mile and wear an all pink suit to the game.
The “Pink” Panthers went pink in honor of GLIAC’s Pink Wave Day and to raise breast cancer awareness. The ODU community was also encouraged to go pink for the game, with t-shirts being sold at the beginning and during the game and pink ribbons being handed out to everyone. All of the proceeds at the gate went to the funding of breast cancer research!
This is not the first awareness event that has been held at Ohio Dominican this year. Last semester there was a window decoration and a floor decoration competition among the resident students. The floor with the best decorations would receive a pizza party, and the room with the best window decorations would receive a pizza party and a breast cancer t-shirt. My floor and my room were the winners of the competition!
For the Pink Wave Game I wore the shirt I won, along with the pink breast cancer ribbon, and I had my pink camera fully charged and ready to go! One of my mother’s good friends was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a good friend’s mother died of breast cancer a few years ago. Both women are very dear to me so it was great seeing the ODU community PINKed up in support of breast cancer research.
The women’s team came out on top with the win, and although the men’s team lost, both teams were happy to go pink for a great cause!