March 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Athletics Power of Pink initiative, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota, gets its spring events underway this weekend.
The No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team gets the spring Power of Pink schedule going on a day more known for the color green when its hosts Mississippi Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 5 p.m. at Rhoads Stadium.
“After a week on the road, we’re so excited to return home to Rhoads Stadium and support this vital cause that means so much to our team,” UA head softball coach Patrick Murphy said. “So even though St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday, Alabama softball is very much looking forward to wearing pink this Saturday.”
Power of Pink sponsor Tuscaloosa Toyota will be giving away pink t-shirts, a flat-screen television, an iPad, iPods, hats, headbands, umbrellas and Tervis Tumblers Saturday at softball.
The Power of Pink continues Sunday when the Tide’s No. 17 ranked women’s tennis team, undefeated in Southeastern Conference play this season, steps out of league competition to take on TCU in pink in the Alabama Tennis Stadium at noon.
"Our ‘pink’ match against TCU represents something much more meaningful than playing tennis,” UA head women’s tennis coach Jenny Mainz said. “The Power of Pink campaign is a powerful way of recognizing all that have been affected by breast cancer. We are privileged to have the opportunity to compete and FIGHT on the tennis court to epitomize the will and determination that so many women exhibit to endure breast cancer."
At tennis, Tuscaloosa Toyota will be giving away pink t-shirts, a flat-screen television, an iPad, iPods, hats, umbrellas and Tervis Tumblers on Sunday.
The Tide closes out its spring Power of Pink slate on Saturday, April 21 with Alabama rowing’s meet against Iowa.
The Tide’s Power of Pink initiative, originally started in 2004 by Crimson Tide gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer in the West Alabama community, grew to include all women's teams at the Capstone in the fall of 2009.
"I realize that I am very lucky," Patterson said. "Not only to be healthy, but also that I have access to excellent medical care. Not everyone is so fortunate, and I wanted to do something that would help those who need it most."
In this country alone, a woman will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and the odds of overcoming breast cancer are much higher if the disease is detected in the early stages, a fact that makes the Tide's efforts even more vital.
The Alabama Athletics Power of Pink sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota slate features nine women's athletics events during the 2011-12 academic year. The Tide volleyball, cross country, soccer and swimming and diving team hosted events in the fall while gymnastics and women’s basketball hosted winter events.
SPRING POWER OF PINK EVENTS
Saturday, March 17th - Softball vs. Mississippi @ 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 18th - Women's Tennis vs. TCU @ 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st - Rowing vs. Iowa @ TBD