WORCESTER, Mass. - On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host "Pink The Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Bentley at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink The Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase.
This event is a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Holy Cross as the women's basketball team will play Bucknell at 3:00 p.m. at the Hart Center and will be taking donations in support of the Zona Fund, which is a trust fund set up for the children of Mary McInerney-Zona, beloved sister of women's basketball assistant coach Ann McInerney. The games are also a part of winter homecoming at Holy Cross.
"We are really excited to be a small part of trying to help find a cure for breast cancer," said Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl. "With this game we want to energize the community in helping raise money to find a cure."
There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $200.00 for each jersey. The auction will start at 6:00 p.m. David Joy (Class of 1974) generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center.
A ceremonial puck drop will feature Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature).
"Like many women, I didn't really have an idea before my diagnosis of how prevalent breast cancer is, nor did I sufficiently realize that finding a cure depends so much on raising public awareness," said Professor Freear-Papio. "I'm very proud that the men's ice hockey team, the coaches and their supporters have taken on the challenge to bring this cause to the community's attention and I'm honored to have been asked to help them ‘Pink The Rink.'"
"I'm very pleased to be part of the ‘Pink The Rink' event," said Professor Kiel. "This type of event keeps the fight against breast cancer in front of the public and reminds all of us that we need to do all we can to eradicate this disease. The fact that people where I work (including students, faculty and staff) are committed to this cause means so much to me, and to my family as it is a reminder of the support that we received and that we hope to give to others."
The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #32, #33, #35 and #44.