Saluki Athletics to participate in annual Pink Zone initiative

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    Feb. 3, 2011

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Athletics and the Saluki Women's Basketball team are proud to announce their participation in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Pink Zone" initiative to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

    This event will be highlighted by the annual SIU Pink Zone game presented by Southern Illinois Healthcare. More than 600 schools nation-wide are participating in the initiative this season. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 12 when the Saluki women's team takes on Missouri Valley Conference opponent Evansville at 2:05 p.m. at SIU Arena. Tickets are $3 for everyone to attend. The Salukis will be wearing pink shooting shirts and all fans are asked to wear pink as well. SIH will be giving away pink T-shirts the day of the game.

    All fans in attendance are eligible to enter a raffle for prizes such as a Playstation 3, an HP touch screen computer, an Apple iPad, gift cards to area businesses and other great gifts. All fans will receive one raffle ticket when they arrive at the Arena and can purchase additional raffle tickets for $1 apiece. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit cancer research. All prizes are provided by the NCAA through grant funds. In addition to the raffle, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting SIH's efforts in the fight against cancer.

    Saluki Athletics is calling on fans to help make a photo montage as a tribute to those who have been affected by breast cancer. Fans are asked to send photos of friends and family members who survived breast cancer, those who are currently battling it and those who lost the fight. This tribute will be played on the new SIU Arena video board during the game. Those wishing to submit a photo for the tribute can e-mail jpeg photos to or post pictures to the Saluki Athletics Facebook page. Those wishing to include the name of the person(s) in the photo can submit that as well and it will be included with the photo in the tribute. All photos submitted will be used in the tribute. Fans are asked to please send photos by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

    Help SIU Women's Basketball and SIH in the fight against breast cancer. Order tickets online at or call the ticket office at 877-SALUKIS. And remember to wear PINK.



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