Members of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team stepped off the court and into the community on Saturday as they participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk from Cole Park to the T-heads and later participated for the tenth straight year in the YWCA Reading Rally.

The Islanders provided water and encouragement to the participants at various spots upon the course. The walk was sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It was the first time the event had been held in Corpus Christi. It is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost and to raise funds and awareness to help fight the disease. In 2008, nearly 600,000 walkers participated nationally raising over $60 milling in the process.

The YWCA Reading Rally allowed the women's team to interact with approximately 75 young girls along with several other women who have gone on to be successful. The student-athletes and the other women are able to explain the importance of reading and how it has allowed them to reach their different goals. The adults and youth also interact in various other activities like arts and crafts.

"I have always thought that it is important for us to give back to the community," said Islander women's basketball head coach Robert Robinson. "Besides allowing us to be visible in the community, the team enjoys the different opportunities. They liked being a part of an event to bring awareness to breast cancer and hopefully it will allow us to grow our own event - Think Pink. At the YWCA, they enjoy getting to be around the kids and doing some different activities. They also like the opportunity to influence and serve as mentors to the kids."