Think Pink

By Kaileigh Deacon 


Pictured above are the 2012-2013 Calais High School and Woodland High School girls junior varsity basketballs team that participated in the First Annual “JOIN THE PINK ZONE” at Woodland High School that remembered those touched by cancer and celebrated the many survivors. (Photo by John Rogers).

 

It was all about pink last Wednesday night when the Lady Devils played the Lady Dragons in Woodland. Both teams added a third color to their uniforms to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer. 

According to DeeDee Travis at the Calais Regional Hospital the idea for the game was something that has been in the works for a couple of years this is the year they were able to make everything work. The idea came from the WNBA. The idea for the game started in 2007 when it was called The Pink Zone. It was the Women’s Basketball Community’s response to fighting Cancer.

Coach Kay Yow coach of the North Carolina State University Women’s Basketball team was diagnosed in 1987 with breast cancer. Despite her humility Yow became the figurehead for the community’s fight against cancer. Ever since one game in February is dedicated the pink game, now called the Play 4Kay, and has been adopted by teams in all levels of basketball, not just women’s teams but men’s teams as well.  

“We specifically wanted it to be a girls’ game to make them more aware of breast cancer,” Travis said. Travis went on to explain that the hospital hopes to make this a yearly event between the Calais and Woodland girls’ teams. With the schedule the game would rotate back and forth between the two towns. 

“The pink zone that’s where it’s at tonight at Woodland High School,” Lady Dragons’ Varsity Coach Arnold Clark said. Both teams and all the fans were out in full support of the cause turning the gym into waves of pink. At half time the pink game ball was set aside while Woodland Principal Pat Metta and Guidance Counselor Paula McShane shared some breast cancer facts. They called down all the survivors of breast cancer while the audience stood on their feet and applauded. The team coaches then decided on the best pink costume. 

“To see the support in this building is just amazing and to be here three and a half years later, it’s wonderful,” survivor and student council advisor Jeanne Graceffa said about seeing the turnout and support at the game.