ISLANDER BASKETBALL HOSTS PINK ZONE GAME BENEFITING FIRST FRIDAY

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball program is teaming up with First Friday for the annual Women's Basketball Coach Association (WBCA) Pink Zone game on Feb. 3 against UT Arlington at the American Bank Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on the Wednesday night.

The game will be part of the WBCA's effort to raise awareness for breast cancer around the nation. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the sale of group tickets will be donated to the First Friday organization, a local breast cancer group founded in 1994 that helps women in need by providing free mammograms in the Coastal Bend area.

"Our organizational mission is to honor those who have breast cancer, promote early detection through educational programs and provide screening mammograms to women in need," said First Friday representative Cindy Eckman. "We are excited to join forces with TAMUCC to assist us in our goal of providing as many screening mammograms each year as the women who need them with the ultimate goal being to save lives.

"We feel so honored that these young women will bring our mission of early detection not only to their peers, but our entire community. Early detection is the name of the game!"

Corporate partner AEP Texas will be the game sponsor, teaming up with the Islanders and First Friday to help raise both money and awareness for breast cancer research and early detection.

"We're very excited about partnering with the Islanders and First Friday for this cause," said AEP Texas COO and President Pablo Vegas. "Beating breast cancer is going to require a team effort, from local communities, corporate partners, and the medical community; our very own Islanders game is a great illustration of that fact."

The Islanders Athletic Department is proud to a part of such an important cause in the Corpus Christi community and has continued to get behind the efforts of the WBCA and First Friday.

"The Islanders and the women's basketball team are excited to be joining AEP Texas in sponsoring this game to promote awareness of breast cancer," said Islander golf coach and Senior Women's Administrator Carol Blackmar. "I believe most people and families have been touched by this disease and it is my hope that the battle against breast cancer will be won. We hope to see the community's support for this cause at the basketball game."

Fans are encouraged to come out to the game, wear pink and be a part of a great cause while cheering on the Islander women's basketball team.

For additional information about the event, please contact Arthur Haas as 361-825-3237 or email him at Arthur.haas@tamucc.edu.