Owls Tip Off Basketball Season with “Fight for a Cure” Tournament

Posted November 19th, 2009 at 1:54 pm.

Senior Co-Captain Shanika Bridges-King

Senior Co-Captain Shanika Bridges-King

The Bryn Mawr basketball team’s 2009-10 season will get underway with a home game against Rosemont on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. as part of a weekend tournament with local rivals Immaculata and Penn State-Abington.

In addition to being the season opener, the game and tournament are part of the Athletic Department’s “Fight For a Cure” fund-raising effort in support of breast-cancer research.

The weekend’s festivities begin on Friday morning when the Athletic Department hosts the Friday coffee hour in the campus center from 9:30-10:30 a.m., during which the community can buy “Fight for a Cure” t-shirts and rally towels and purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win an ipod shuffle, $20 gift cards to Starbucks and Borders, and a campus parking pass.

The tournament continues after the Owls game on Friday night with the Immaculata vs. Penn State-Abington game and concludes on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a consolation and championship game.

The raffle will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in between games. Raffle winners must be present to claim their prizes. Raffle tickets will be available until just before the drawing, and t-shirts, rally towels, and concessions will be sold during the entire tournament. All proceeds for the two-day event will be donated to the Bryn Mawr Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center.

More “Fight for a Cure” Events

The tip-off tournament is one of many “Fight for a Cure” events sponsored by the Athletics department.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the swim team will host a Bryn Mawr community relay challenge before its 6 p.m. meet with Arcadia and Cabrini. The challenge will have one swimmer teamed up with three college community members in a 100-yard (four lengths of the pool) relay. To take part in the relay or sponsor a swimmer, contact Head Swim Team Coach Niki Whitlock.

Earlier this month, the swim team competed in the “Hour of Power” relay. The Owls joined with more than 6,000 athletes from 124 college, high-school, and club teams from across the world in this event, which has raised more than $112,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

During the fall season, in conjunction with the Centennial Conference volleyball coaches’ “Dig for a Cure,” initiative the Bryn Mawr College volleyball team helped raise $1,300 for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization based in Haverford, dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer.

For more information on the upcoming events, contact Jill Breslin. To make a donation please contact Athletic Director Kathy Tierney, Head Basketball Coach Deb Charamella or Head Swim Team Coach Nikki Whitlock.

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