Brown Athletics to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Brown Athletics to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Jan. 23, 2008

Providence, RI - The Brown University Department of Athletics will host its 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week, February 9-16, with several events to help support the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds from these events will be donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

In conjunction with the ECAC Hockey League's "Pink at the Rink" effort, Brown's women's ice hockey team will wear pink jerseys in its games against Quinnipiac and Princeton. The team's 4 p.m. game on Saturday, February 9, against Princeton has also been designated "Meehan Mayhem." Team posters will be distributed, a post-game autograph session is planned, special $8 ticket packages will include two game tickets, two hot dogs, and two drinks, and many in-game activities will help raise awareness and money.

"We're thrilled to participate in this program and raise awareness in the fight against cancer," said Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach Digit Murphy. "It makes an awesome statement that we back this fight."

The Brown women's basketball team's game against Princeton on Saturday, February 16, brings together a number of local and national initiatives - the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink," the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge," and Brown's own "Blitz the Pitz." The 7:00pm game will also feature the distribution of team posters, a post-game meet-and-greet session with the Bears, and a special $8 ticket package that includes two game tickets, two hot dogs, and two drinks.

"This is a great way for the Bears to help bring attention to something that has touched so many lives," said Jean Marie Burr, head coach of the women's basketball team. "I hope we can create some momentum that does not end when the games are completed."

To encourage "pink out" atmospheres at these games, custom pink t-shirts will be sold for $10 by members of the women's basketball and ice hockey teams, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and by BrowNation. T-shirts will also be sold in the Brown Ticket Office, located in the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Coaching and gameday staffs for many other Brown teams will wear pink scarves, ties, ribbons, shirts, and shoelaces during their competitions throughout the week. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Week at Brown Athletics, call (401) 863-2773 or visit

About the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was established in 2004 in memory of Gloria Gemma and in honor of her courageous fight against breast cancer. The Foundation's objectives are to raise awareness, increase education, and generate funding for critical breast health programs that are in desperate need of being brought to fruition. Their mission is to help local breast cancer organizations in their fight to raise breast cancer awareness, to work for its prevention, and to bring comfort and help to patients and families in our community. Their promise is that 100% of the net proceeds will remain right here in our local community. For more information, visit