Beacons to Bleed Blue and Pink for Cancer Research

January 25, 2013

Colleen Locke


The University of Massachusetts Boston basketball and hockey teams will be adding the color pink to their blue- and- white uniforms for the next few weeks.

On Saturday, January 26, the men's basketball team will be hosting the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Game in the Clark Athletic Center gym. Coaches for the Beacons and Keene State College will be sporting sneakers with their suits as part of a nationwide event. Donations collected during the 3 p.m. game and money raised during a prize pack raffle will go to the American Cancer Society to help support the programs and services that are provided to all cancer patients and their families and cancer research at all of the major hospitals in Massachusetts.

“I reached out to UMass Boston and the basketball and hockey coaches immediately responded with a big ‘yes’ that they wanted to take part in this program. It is an honor to work with such giving and dedicated individuals,” said Janice Portlock, the Coaches vs. Cancer coordinator for the New England division of the American Cancer Society.

“Cancer is a devastating disease that affects the lives of so many. Whether directly or indirectly, all of us know someone close to us who has been impacted by this dreaded disease. We do have a forum that allows us to draw attention and we will continue to use it in support of finding the cure,” said Charlie Titus, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation, special projects, and intramurals and men’s basketball head coach.

On Saturday, February 9, the women's basketball team will be hosting their annual "Pink Game" in support of breast cancer awareness.

On Friday, February 15, the women's and men's ice hockey teams will hold their sixth annual "Pink at the Rink" event. The women’s hockey team will be sporting pink jerseys and the men will have pink laces in their skates and pink tape on their sticks to promote breast cancer awareness. The proceeds from the 50/50 that day will go to Coaches vs. Cancer.

“It is a great cause and a tradition we have established here for our men’s and women’s programs,” said Peter Besisle, head coach of the men’s hockey team.

The women’s game is at 4 p.m. against the University of Southern Maine. The men face off against St. Michael’s College at 7 p.m.

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