March 20, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Cougar softball program will team up with the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure to host the sixth annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Softball Game Wednesday, March 28. The Cougars will square off against the Texas Longhorns at 6 p.m.
The contest between the two games is but a small part of the action that will take place at Cougar Softball Stadium that evening. In what has become the team's biggest home event of the season, the Striking Out Breast Cancer Game gives the UH team and supporters a chance to help the fight against breast cancer.
Last season, Houston Softball drew a record-breaking crowd of 1,672 to Cougar Softball Stadium and raised nearly $11,000 that was donated to the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
"This is something we started when we were recruiting a former player who's mother had the disease," said head coach Kyla Holas. "We wanted to do something to honor her. Now it's grown and grown into the big event it is today. It's a way to recognize the important women and survivors in our lives, and to show our girls that softball is about more than wins and losses."
The stadium will be decked out in pink as the home Cougars will don their pink apparel along with the umpires, grounds crew and athletics staff to show their support in the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support as well, and the first 1,500 fans who attend the game will receive a free pink t-shirt courtesy of Texas Emergency Care and pink beads courtesy of Houston Athletics. To add to the festivities of the evening, the field will be chalked with pink chalk and a ribbon will be mowed into the outfield.
Starting at 4 p.m., a silent auction will begin with all the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen. Pink game-worn jerseys and helmets will be on the bidding block as well as assorted items donated to the Houston softball team . Items include an authentic autographed pink softball and USA jersey from Jenny Finch, free massages, Astros suite tickets and much more. An active link of auction items will be available beginning on Monday, March 26 at www.UHCoguars.com.
Following the game, an autograph session will take place on the field allowing youths the opportunity to meet the Houston softball team.
To donate auction items, contact Tory Teykl at 713-743-9453 or email@example.com.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch the game live with play-by-play and color commentary on UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access, or by clicking here.
Tickets for the game are on sale now and fans can purchase them through the UH Ticket Office online at UHCougars.com or by calling 713-GO-COOGS.
SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan's compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we're working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
For more information about the Komen foundation, visit their website at www.komen.org.