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Herons to host Pink Zone game Feb. 19

The William Smith basketball team, like hundreds of basketball teams across the country, will join with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for a Pink Zone® game on Saturday, Feb. 19, when Vassar College visits Bristol Gym. Pink Zone is a global, unified effort by the WBCA to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

The final game of the regular season will tip off at 2 p.m. Admission is free and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to show their support.

The Herons will wear Pink Zone t-shirts during shoot around. On the back of each shirt will be a name, not of the player wearing it, but of someone close to the player that battled breast cancer. The Hobart basketball team will also wear Pink Zone t-shirts during warm-ups prior to its game against Vassar at 4 p.m.

Pink Zone t-shirts can be purchased by fans for $12 with all proceeds going to Embrace Your Sisters, a local non-profit organization that provides short-term emergency financial assistance to residents of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties.

During the game, William Smith will break from tradition, trading in the team’s trademark green uniforms for special edition pink uniforms. The Herons will also don pink shoelaces and play with a special edition pink Wilson basketball, while the game’s officials will use pink whistles.

The William Smith Athletics Department will also celebrate Senior Day prior to tip-off. The Herons will acknowledge the contributions Ashlinn Barber, Mollie Danahy, and Colleen Lukas. Over the past four seasons, they have led William Smith to a 56-42 record, including a Liberty League regular season championship and an NCAA Tournament third round appearance.

At halftime, the William Smith Athletics Department will present Embrace Your Sisters with a check from “Jeans Fridays,” a fundraiser that both the William Smith and Hobart athletics departments participated in during October of 2010. The effort, coupled with a generous matching gift from HWS trustee and Hobart Hall of Famer Tom Poole ’61, raised more than $1,000.