October 9, 2009

Women's Soccer To Host Cancer Awareness Game

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women’s soccer team is partnering with the Peach Belt Conference to host one of six league games to raise awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Lady Saints host Georgia Southwestern on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.

As one of six games hosted around the conference to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer, the Lady Saints will battle in-state rival Georgia Southwestern with pink soccer balls as part of the effort. Be in attendance at the Soccer Complex for a 1:00 p.m. start next Wednesday in Dahlonega.

“We are extremely grateful to Select Sport for providing us this unique opportunity,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk. “This is a wonderful program and we are excited to be able to use these balls to help raise both awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Community outreach is one of the foundations of the Peach Belt Conference and thanks to our coaches and student-athletes, we can contribute to a larger effort that will make a huge difference for a lot of people.”

“We wanted to give our support for breast cancer research and treatment and coming up with this ball design is just one small way we can do that,” said Soren Hansen, president of Select Sport America. “Using the pink ribbon seemed like a natural place to start and the rest of the ball developed from there. We’re grateful so many PBC teams have chosen to use the ball and help us in this cause.”

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink Select Sport ball will be exclusively featured in six games beginning Oct. 10 with USC Aiken at Montevallo. Other games to use the special pink balls will be Georgia Southwestern at North Georgia and Flagler at Armstrong Atlantic State on Oct. 14, Lander at UNC Pembroke Oct. 17 and Clayton State at Lander on Oct. 31. The Francis Marion men’s team will also use the pink balls when they host USC Aiken on Oct. 21.

Select Sport America will provide pink Royale NCAA game balls for the six Peach Belt games. The Peach Belt Conference will be the only conference in the nation to be using the balls. Each ball is adorned with ‘The Cure’ just below the Select mark and sports the internationally-known pink ribbon on both sides. In addition to the game balls, each venue will be provided pink mini-balls to use as raffle prizes or for other fundraising efforts.

Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The foundation has invested more than $1.3 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.