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Pink Zone is a national initiative created by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the NCAA that benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. As part of its "Chips for a Cure" campaign, CMU participated in the Pink Zone initiative on Feb. 12 when the women's basketball team hosted Kent State at McGuirk Arena.
Awareness efforts for the Pink Zone game were featured in McGuirk Arena through pink awareness on the videoboard, video spots with cancer statistics from head coach Sue Guevara and senior Kaihla Szunko, the Chippewas' pink pregame warm-up t-shirts and a pink ticket promotion which offered pink ticket discounts for all fans in attendance.
CMU raised over $750 at the silent auction which included merchandise from professional sports teams in Michigan, an autographed CMU football, autographed memorabilia from the CMU women's basketball team and gift sets from local businesses. Donations were raised by selling pink t-shirts, ribbons and pledges being made at the game. CMU's grand total donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was $1,200.
After raising more than $800 during the fall at CMU volleyball, soccer and field hockey events, "Chips for a Cure" has to date raised more than $2,000 for cancer research. The next "Chips for a Cure" event is scheduled for March 12 when the gymnastics team hosts Bowling Green. The softball program also will host a "Chips for the Cure" game this spring on a date to be determined.