Feb. 3, 2010

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston will promote cancer awareness through the national "Pink at the Rink" campaign during its women's ice hockey games on Saturday, February 6.

The women's ice hockey team will take on Salve Regina University at 2:00 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Rink on the campus of UMass Boston as part of the "Pink at the Rink" event.

UMass Boston athletics will promote cancer awareness in a variety of ways. The women's ice hockey players will be wearing pink jerseys, laces on their skates and pink tape on their sticks. The players will also be wearing commemorative patches in honor of former UMass Boston women's ice hockey, soccer and softball player Katherine Wall, who is battling breast cancer. Patches will also be sold for \$5 to attending fans to help raise money for the charity of Wall's choice.

A raffle for a Beacons' Prize Pack consisting of tickets to the Boston Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium and AMC Entertainment theaters in addition to a UMass Boston sweatshirt will be conducted with proceeds also being donated to a charity of Wall's choice. Those who donate to the cause will receive Think Pink t-shirts sponsored by Crystal Transport.

The game programs will be printed on pink paper and fans, coaches and administrators will be encouraged to wear pink attire as well. Statistics and information on cancer provided by the Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center will be made available at the game to educate fans about the dreaded disease and the ongoing fight to end its ongoing threat.

"The Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is pleased to partner with UMass Boston and their "Pink at the Rink" events to continue to bring more awareness to the UMass community and their constituents in the commonwealth around breast health," said Karen Burns, Deputy Associate Director of the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. "Through efforts like these we can enhance our focus to promote preventive screening and continue to build key partnerships with key academic institutions."

The successful "Pink at the Rink" initiative, developed by ECAC Hockey and the American Cancer Society, will enter its third season of activity. The program was expanded last year to include all ECAC Hockey men's teams as well. The variation of the "Coaches vs. Cancer" is a program originally founded by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches. This season's program will also expand to include "Hockey Coaches Care", which is an organization committed to helping members of the amateur hockey community in times of need, as well as organizations within the amateur hockey community that seek to serve the best interests of its members. The program will provide critical outreach, while raising funds in support of the American Cancer Society's lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.