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Atlantic Coast Conference Encourages Fans to Wear Pink

Jan. 26, 2007

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and all 12 ACC women’s basketball staffs, teams and administrations stand united with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) this week in an effort to support the growing fight against breast cancer. The ACC and its member institutions encourage all women’s basketball fans and student bodies alike to join the coaches in wearing pink this weekend to help educate, create awareness and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.

“All of our ACC coaches are 100 percent committed to the fight against breast cancer,” stated Sylvia Hatchell, President of the ACC Women’s Basketball Coaches Committee. “Each of us in some way or another has been personally touched by this disease, and we strongly encourage our fans and community to join us in educating others on preventative measures.”

As many are aware, NC State’s head coach Kay Yow, recently had to take a leave of absence to battle a recurrence of breast cancer, as have several other women’s basketball coaches this season. Yow, 64, was originally diagnosed in 1987 and has underwent several forms of treatment, including dietary modification, oral hormonal therapies, and radiation. In November, Coach Yow began a series of new treatments, such as a combination of chemotherapy and newer targeted biologic therapies. Beginning tonight, with the Pack facing the Virginia Cavaliers, Coach Yow will return for the remainder of the season.

The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is also a proud partner of Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test. The Greensboro-based foundation is committed to providing seed funding for researchers working on a biological earlier detection test. Over the course of the eight-year relationship, the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament has donated over $60,000 to Friends in support of their mission.

In this year’s four-day event, held March 1-4 in the Greensboro Coliseum, the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament has pledged $1,000 per game to the Friends Foundation on behalf of the Aeropostalé Player of the Game.

“Fighting breast cancer is critically important to all of us,” said Associate Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Bernadette V. McGlade. “In addition to creating awareness for this weekend, I would encourage everyone to make a donation to Friends or any other organization committed to the fight against breast cancer.”

For more information, please go to TheACC.com or visit Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test at www.earlier.org.

ACC Games to WEAR PINK!

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007

Boston College at NC State (Regional Sports Network), 1:00 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Wake Forest, 1:00 p.m.

Clemson at Miami (Comcast Sports South), 1:00 p.m.

Virginia at Florida State (SunSports), 2:00 p.m.

North Carolina at Maryland (ESPN2), 7:00 p.m.

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