Huskies to Host “Think Pink” Day at Costello Sports Complex on January 31

Join USM Athletics on January 31 for a full day of home games in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.
Join USM Athletics on January 31 for a full day of home games in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.
GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will be hosting its annual “Think Pink” charitable event on Saturday, January 31, 2015 to help raise awareness and charitable donations for cancer research and prevention. 

         An ongoing annual event, the Southern Maine men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey teams and the men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will wear items of pink during their respective competitions.  The Huskies’ basketball teams will be hosting Little East Conference foe Keene State College at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., while the USM men’s hockey team will face Colby College at 7:00 p.m.  The men’s and women’s track & field teams will be in competition hosting the USM Invitational II on the Huskies indoor track in the Costello Field House. The women’s meet is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start followed by the men’s meet at 2:30 p.m.

         Throughout the day, student-athletes and fans alike will be encouraged to wear pink.  USM Athletics will sponsor a 50/50 raffle to be sold at the sites of each game and will be selling “Think Pink” t-shirts.  Shirts will be on sale for $20 and can be preordered through Meredith Bickford at mbickford@usm.maine.edu.  A signed pink basketball and a pink hockey stick will also be raffled off at each venue. All proceeds from the event will be donated to cancer research through the American Cancer Society. 

         The Fan Experience Committee, a collaboration between University Student Life and the Department of Athletics, will be sponsoring a Residence Hall Challenge which will place at halftime of each basketball game.  Southern Maine’s five residence halls will be represented along with a staff member in a team in a foul shooting contest.  Each team will have seven team members who will take one shot each, the teams will be paired up and the winning team will advance.  Teams will be encouraged to design their own t-shirts and will be judged.  The winning hall or team will get a pizza party.  Additionally, the Scarborough Dribblettes, under the direction of coach Erik Jensen, will perform a routine at halftime of the women’s basketball games.  The Scarborough Dribblettes have been frequent halftime entertainment during USM women’s basketball games and feature youth basketball players demonstrating their ball handling skills.

       The Huskies’ men’s ice hockey program will also be hosting a reception for parents and alumni.  Interim head coach Ed Harding, himself a Husky alum, invites parents and past USM players to mix and mingle in the Alumni Reception room before, during and after the Huskies’ game against Colby College.  Light refreshments will be provided.

         The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics and its student-athletes have sponsored or have participated in several events already this year in an effort to raise donations for local cancer charities.  The Huskies’ field hockey and women’s volleyball teams each sponsored “Think Pink” games this fall, while the women’s basketball team kicked off its season by participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in October.

–cac–