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NEO will “Shoot for the Cure” Monday, Feb. 17

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Press Release Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College:

The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), Lady NorseBasketball team will host its annual Pink game on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 6p.m. against Eastern. This year's theme is "Keep Calm and Shoot for the Cure."This game is part of a nation-wide breast cancer awareness event and is sponsoredby Freeman Health Care Systems and Integris Baptist Regional. Individuals whowear pink to the game will get in free. The NEO athletic department is sellingpink tee shirts for $5 that read, "Keep Calm and Shoot for the Cure." Theproceeds benefit students who cannot afford mammograms.

 

NEOAthletics and NEO Women & Friends have partnered together again to host thebra decorating contest. The winner will be announced at halftime of the men'sgame.

 

"Thepurpose of the bra decorating contest is to increase awareness of breast cancerin a fun way, and to raise more financial support for this very worthy cause,"said Donna Hale, first lady of NEO. "Our clubs and organizations do a great jobgetting involved, and this year I am pleased to say that our event is reachingout into the community. We have more than 10 area businesses signed up toparticipate with a decorated bra. This means even more awareness for this veryworthy cause, and it also makes the competition a little tougher. We are reallylooking forward to seeing all the creations." 

 

Areabusinesses who signed up to compete include: The Coffee Table, IndulgenceSalon, Salon 504, Buffalo Run Casino, Arvest Bank, Osborn Drugs, Integris GiftShop, B. Oliver's, Metal Fab, Wyandotte Nation, and First National Bank. 

 

Thebras will be on display at the game, and everyone is encouraged to vote fortheir favorite bra by donating money. These proceeds will also fund mammogramsfor NEO students who do not have insurance. Breast cancer victims have a 90percent survival rate if detected early.

 

"Thisis an annual event for us, and to have the support of our community just makesit even more special," said Jim Rowland, head coach for the Lady Norse. "Sadlythis is a disease that attacks women of all ages and races.  Almosteveryone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. I hope everyonewill come out and support this cause."

 

TheNEO Lady Norse started this event in 2007 as part of the Women's BasketballCoaches Association to honor Sandra "Kay" Yow.  In 1987, Yow, head coachof the North Carolina State Wolfpack women's basketball team, was diagnosedwith breast cancer. In 1988, Yow coached the US Women's basketball team to anOlympic gold medal. Yow was inducted into the Women's basketball Hall of Famein 2000 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. On July 11,2007, Yow received the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance. At thetime of her death in 2009, she ranked the fifth winningest active NCAA DivisionI women's basketball coach. NEO Lady Norse is proud to honor this accomplishedcoach.

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