By Luke Stanczyk
The Dan and Ada Rice Center will be very busy this Saturday, as three events will accompany the Men’s and Women’s basketball games: Think Pink Night, Senior Night, and the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction.
To promote the awareness of breast cancer and honor breast cancer victims, Saturday is Think Pink Night during both the Women’s game at 2 p.m. and the Men’s game at 4:15 p.m. T-shirts will be handed out as well as pink silly bands in the shape of the Benedictine “B”.
In addition, Buffalo Wild Wings will be on hand to hand out their own apparel and hand out gift certificates for food. Fans will also have an opportunity at halftime of the games to honor someone who has or has been a victim of breast cancer.
While it is not a conference-wide initiative, BenU is one of 1,800 college and universities in doing Think Pink activities (Think Pink night also occurred this past fall for the fall sports). Also, athletics hopes this becomes a tradition and grows in the coming years, and the plan next year is for the proceeds to go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
“It’s not going to be as extravagant as we want it to be, but hopefully next year it’s 10 times bigger,” added Steadman.
Also, this weekend happens to be Senior night for each basketball team. Just before tip-off for each game, the seniors on each team will be honored. For the men’s team, that is Nate Green, Dave Bernard and Kyle Bickler, while Tracey Walsh and Breanne Amadio will be honored from the women’s team.
If senior night was not enough, this weekend is also BenU Athletics’ annual Hall of Fame weekend. All the members are getting re-inducted, and will be taking part in a number of events and receptions all weekend, including being honored at the basketball games. Current baseball coaches and Hall of Fame members John Ostrowski and Dave Swanson will also speak.
“It’s the fifteenth anniversary, so all of our Hall of Fame members will be back,” Steadman said. “Hopefully we will have a lot more people there.”