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Jackets to Ace for the Cure April 12 vs. Boston College

April 7, 2008

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will partner with the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight the cause of breast cancer. The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to “Ace for the Cure” April 12 against the Boston College Eagles.

Parents, fans, businesses and coworkers may pledge amounts for every ace the Yellow Jackets (as a team) record against Boston College, or they can make flat donations to the cause. Over the last two years, Georgia Tech raised over $14,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through the Yellow Jacket volleyball team’s Dig for the Cure Efforts.

Pledges and donations for “Ace for the Cure” can be made by contacting Georgia Tech Athletics’ assistant director of communications Cheryl Watts (404-894-5445, cwatts@athletics.gatech.edu).

Through the “Dig for the Cure” program, volleyball teams and coaches from around the country have helped raise more than $60,000 over the last four years for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. All money raised by the Yellow Jackets and every other participating team goes directly to the Komen Foundation’s local affiliate in their community.

This season, other women’s sports teams from Georgia Tech wanted to join in the efforts, as nearly 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information, call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273) or visit www.komen.org.

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