Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend the 9th Annual Peach Ball Basketball Homecoming Game, which pits the Fort Valley State University Wildcats against the Golden Rams of Albany State University, on Saturday, Feb. 12. The women’s game will tip off at 6 p.m., with the men’s game starting at 8 p.m. at Albany State’s HPER Gymnasium arena.
The event has also been designated as the Lady Rams’ Pink Zone game as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Pink Zone Breast Cancer Initiative. The Pink Zone initiative is a global campaign by the WBCA to increase breast cancer awareness and raise money for women’s cancer research. The Lady Rams team is one of more than 1,200 teams and organizations that will participate in the 2011 Pink Zone initiative.
Basketball fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and give donations to help Albany State join in the fight against breast cancer, said Khadijah Ali, Lady Rams’ assistant basketball coach and co-advisor of the ASU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is sponsoring the ASU Pink Zone campaign. “We are asking our Albany State fans to donate at least one dollar for the cause,” Ali said. “We want to do our part in helping to find a cure for this disease which has affected so many people.”
Members of SAAC will be collecting donations during the games. Donations will benefit the Kay Yow Wow WBCA Cancer Fund and local cancer association. Yow, who coached at North Carolina State University for 34 seasons, died in 2009 after a long bout with breast cancer.
Tickets for the game are $15 for adults and $5 for kindergarten through 12th grade students. and will be sold on game day only. Admission is free to Albany State students with valid identification. Ticket booths and doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
The Golden Rams will play the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers on Thursday, Feb. 10, at ASU’s HPER Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. before Saturday’s Peach Ball game.