UMW News BureauOn Feb. 19, 2010, the University of Montana Western women’s basketball team will be playing in the “Pink Zone” to help raise awareness for breast cancer as part of the nationwide Pink Zone campaign. By Wally Feldt On Feb. 19, 2010, the University of Montana Western women’s basketball team will be playing in the “Pink Zone” to help raise awareness for breast cancer as part of the nationwide Pink Zone campaign. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) initiated the Pink Zone in 2007 to raise breast cancer awareness globally in women’s basketball. Last year’s national event raised funding for 5.28 mammographies and included campus club-sponsored activities, prize give-aways and community donations and support. This year, Montana Western’s Pink Zone weekend will include both Friday and Saturday night games. The Bulldogs will take on Montana State University-Northern on Friday night and the University of Great Falls on Saturday night. Bulldog women's team members will wear pink to show their support of the Pink Zone and the fight against breast cancer. Montana Western’s Catholic Campus Ministries will be at both the women’s and men’s games on Friday night. The campus group is organizing door prizes and raffle tickets to benefit breast cancer research and mammographies. There will be halftime games for fans as well as recognition of breast cancer survivors. Also on Saturday night, the Montana Western Ambassador’s Club will be handing out pink ribbons to all those in attendance at both the men’s and women’s games. Montana Western Residence Life staff will also host halftime activities for the Saturday night games. The Associated Student Union of Montana Western Student Senators (ASUMW) are hosting a Pink Zone tie-dying party on Thursday prior to the weekend games. The all-day party starts at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Student Union Building on the UMW campus. Students are invited to bring a T-shirt to tie-dye. A limited number of shirts will also be available to dye for a small donation. Those wearing their shirts to the Saturday night games will be able to enter for a prize drawing. In 2009, the WBCA stated the Pink Zone raised over $1.3 million, bringing together more than 1,600 teams and organizations as well as 912,000 fans in support of breast cancer research and awareness. Nearly 60 schools broke attendance records for their Pink Zone events. On both Friday and Saturday nights the women tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.