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Feb. 3, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina women’s basketball is participating in The WBCA Pink ZoneTM on Sun., Feb. 8, and invites fans to help the fight against breast cancer at the game against Ole Miss. In addition to the conclusion of the Piggy Bank Project, the event will feature a silent auction that will include several autographed items and a golf outing with television analyst Debbie Antonelli. The halftime show will include a fan interactive performance by Steve Maxwell, also known as “Simon Seys.”

“The WBCA has united behind a great issue and one that our staff and team are passionate about,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “This event is especially timely this year as the coaching community recently lost a great person and ambassador for both women’s basketball and breast cancer awareness in Kay Yow. I know that Gamecock fans will come out to show support for this important initiative.”

The Gamecocks began their initiative with the Piggy Bank Project at the Jan. 15 game against Florida when the first 150 fans at Colonial Life Arena were given a South Carolina Women’s Basketball Piggy Bank, courtesy of Firehouse Subs. Banks were also handed out at subsequent games, and fans that bring their banks filled with change to the Ole Miss game will receive a 2009 Pink Zone t-shirt. Anyone who did not receive a bank can still get a t-shirt with a $10 donation. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Breast Cancer Fund.

The second way to participate in The WBCA Pink Zone is through the silent auction set up on the atrium level. Items available for bidding include autographed items from Staley, South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier, LSU head coach Van Chancellor, Auburn head coach Nell Fortner, Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt. Also available is a golf experience with national basketball television analyst Debbie Antonelli along with other Gamecock paraphernalia.

The WBCA Pink ZoneTM initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Last year, South Carolina women’s basketball collected nearly $3,500 for breast cancer research.