TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Fifth annual “Pink the Rink” event is just around the corner - Saturday, Jan. 19 to be exact and will be hosted by the University of Arizona hockey team, which will be sporting pink jerseys honoring those who have suffered from cancer.
According to a U of A news release Pink the Rink happens during the game against the University of Central Oklahoma and will take place at the Tucson Arena at 260 South Church Avenue.
The public is invited to participate in the event as well, by purchasing a special jersey featuring the name of a loved one, to be worn by a Wildcat hockey player during the game.
“We feel it is our responsibility and honor as leaders of the community to use our platform effectively and do everything in our power to help such an important cause,” said Chad Berman, Arizona Wildcat Hockey head coach, in a recent news release. “Because cancer affects so many of us, we want to be a part of the solution. Our hockey program takes tremendous pride in our community service.”
In a post-game ceremony, players will present their game-worn jerseys to the purchasers, as well as a special program featuring the stories of those being honored. Honorees may include cancer victims, cancer survivors or individuals battling the disease. They also may choose to honor those who care for patients in the home, or who volunteer through community work or have dedicated their careers to battling cancer.
Jerseys are $250 and all proceeds from both jersey and ticket sales (for the Pink the Rink game) will go directly to the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Tickets range from $10-14.
For the team’s “Ladies Night,” also Jan. 19, all women wearing pink attire to the game will receive free cotton candy.
“Fans can expect to take part in a really special event that is bigger than any one game, or even ourselves,” Berman said in the recent release. “In the end, we only can provide the platform, so the community is what drives this special cause. The more people in attendance, the stronger our reach.”
For more information and/or to purchase a jersey or tickets: http://www.arizonawildcathockey.org/pink.