SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A special performance by national performing artist Candy Coburn will highlight the Missouri State Lady Bears’ home finale with Creighton, February 27 at JQH Arena. As part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 2011 Pink Zone campaign, the Lady Bears and Bluejays will tip-off at 12:05 p.m. in a contest that will be featured live on the Missouri Valley Conference Television Network.
A rising star on the national country music scene committed to the fight against breast cancer, Coburn will perform the national anthem prior to the contest, as well as her single “Pink Warrior” at halftime.
The game also marks the final regular-season home contest for seniors Jacque Griggs and Kendra Roberts, who will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
The Lady Bears will don pink uniforms and apparel provided by Ashley Furniture to commemorate the occasion, and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) will distribute a variety of information relating to breast cancer awareness. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations and give fans the opportunity to purchase pink ribbon honoraria and memory cards that will be displayed on the east wall of the main arena lower bowl. All in attendance who have been impacted by breast cancer are invited to join in an on-court recognition prior to the contest.
BCFO and Fast Break Club volunteers will distribute a limited number of pink t-shirts provided by Verizon at both the Northwest and Grand Entrances to JQH Arena, and voluntary donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) will be accepted throughout the building.
Additionally, a silent auction featuring the pink Nike jerseys worn by the Lady Bears will be conducted on the Price Cutter Concourse throughout the contest, with all proceeds going to the BCFO.
Coburn, a southern Missouri resident with long-standing ties to the region, has engaged a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, sharing in Komen’s promise of creating a world without breast cancer and she is committed to raising awareness among her fans of the ongoing fight to end breast cancer forever. In addition, 100 percent of all artist and producer proceeds from “Pink Warrior,” an anthem for anyone who is in the fight against cancer and available for download at iTunes, will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information on Candy Coburn, or to download “Pink Warrior”, visit www.CandyCoburn.com.
The WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone (formerly known as “Think Pink”) in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2010, over 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1,045,000 in donations and reached more than 922,000 fans across the nation. Over 22 schools broke attendance records through their participation.
Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 million, has reached almost 2.7 million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.
The BCFO is a local organization that keeps every dollar raised in the community to provide practical assistance to families facing breast cancer. It is an organization of people reaching out to friends and neighbors who have been affected by breast cancer. The agency provides non-medical financial assistance to those in need through the BCFO Client Distribution Program and the BCFO Children’s Fund.
Advance tickets are available by phone at (417) 836-7678, on-line at www.MissouriStateTix.com, or in person during regular business hours at JQH Arena.
The Lady Bears (17-9, 8-6 MVC) will be back in action next Friday (Feb. 25) when they open the final home weekend of the season with a 7:05 contest against Drake at JQH Arena.