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“Paint it Pink” Awareness

Oct. 4, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University Women’s athletics teams are once again joining forces with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare for the second annual “Paint it Pink” campaign. During the 2010-11 seasons, eight women’s sports will host a `Pink’ game. Teams will don such items as pink shoe laces, swim caps, and jerseys during their respective `Pink’ games. Proceeds from each `Pink’ game will be donated to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

“Cancer has impacted all of our lives in some way,” said Allison Rich, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Florida State University. “It is through efforts like the Paint It Pink Campaign that we move closer to a cure. The administration and staff of the Athletics Department along with our student-athletes are pleased to be able to help raise awareness of such a worthy cause.”

On Tuesday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m., administrators from both Florida State’s Athletic Department and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare will gather at the first-floor museum at the Moore Athletic Center to address the media regarding “Paint It Pink.” All media outlets are invited to attend. Coaches from the various participating teams will also be available at that time.

“The family of Sharon Ewing Walker, who fought a courageous battle with cancer that ultimately claimed her life in 2005, established the Breast Health Center in her memory — through charitable contributions to the TMH Foundation — to provide women in North Florida and South Georgia with diagnostic services and support for the detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said Christy Harrison, RN, Administrator of the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. “The funds from “Paint it Pink” campaign will enable the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center to reach more women with its comprehensive array of services which include digital mammography, early diagnosis breast cancer counseling, patient navigation and image recovery services.”

Fans will have the chance to contribute to the cause all season long through different fundraising opportunities at each `Pink’ game. During last year’s inaugural “Paint It Pink” campaign, fans helped to raise over $9,000 for the cause. This year, fans who donate a minimum of $10 will again receive a commemorative t-shirt. Additionally, online auctions will be held at Seminoles.com with `Pink’ themed memorabilia including game worn jerseys. Donations of any amount will be accepted at each `Pink’ event.

The following dates are set as official `Paint it Pink’ home games:

Thursday, October 7 – Soccer vs. Clemson (Soccer Complex) at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 8 – Cross Country- FSU Invitational (Apalachee Regional Park) at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23 – Swimming and Diving- (Morcom Aquatics Center) at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 24 – Volleyball vs. Duke (Tully Gym) at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, February 11 – Women’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech (Donald L. Tucker Center) at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2 – Softball vs. Virginia Tech (Softball Complex) at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15 – Women’s Tennis vs. North Carolina (Scott Speicher Tennis Center) at 4:00 p.m.

Track and Field – “Paint It Pink” date is TBD

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