TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - This weekend marks the beginning of the second annual Alabama Athletics Power of Pink sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota. The initiative, originally started in 2004 by Crimson Tide gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson to raise awareness in fight against breast cancer in the West Alabama community, grew to include all women's teams at the Capstone last season.
"This Power of Pink just keeps getting stronger and stronger with each passing year," head soccer coach Todd Bramble said. "The amount of money raised and awareness generated are impressive. Any women in this community that are battling breast cancer are lucky to have people like David DeSantis in their corner and the Alabama soccer team is happy to be a partner in this fight."
David DeSantis, the general manager and co-owner of Tuscaloosa Toyota, has been a staunch supporter of the Power of Pink since its early days with the gymnastics program. In addition to the three fall events, volleyball, soccer and swimming and diving, October also features the Nite on the Green (Monday, Oct. 11) and the Tuscaloosa Toyota/DCH Foundation Golf Classic (Wednesday, Oct. 13) which raise money for the Alabama Athletics/DCH Foundation Breast Cancer Fund that was started in 2004 to support Patterson's Power of Pink efforts. Both events will be held at the Indian Hills Country Club. Tickets for A Nite on the Green are available at Tuscaloosa Toyota and the DCH Foundation Office.
"The initiative of the Alabama Athletic Department and Tuscaloosa Toyota to help fight breast cancer is truly impressive," head women's tennis coach Jenny Mainz said. "Undoubtedly, we're making an impact in supporting all affected by this devastating disease. I commend the efforts of David and Sarah for their steadfast commitment in raising awareness, resources and providing hope for those affected by breast cancer."
The Tide will host Power of Pink events for its women's teams in the fall, winter and spring. To start off this year's events, volleyball will host Florida Friday, October 8 in the CAVE and the soccer team will host its Power of Pink game Sunday, October 10 against South Carolina.
"So many of our families have been touched by this disease," head volleyball coach Judy Green said. "And the more effort we all put into helping find a cure to stop it the better. I love the solidarity our Athletic Department is showing, and we want to do our part as a program to help in any way we can."
The swimming and diving teams close out the fall Power of Pink schedule Saturday, Oct. 23 against LSU when the Tide women once again don their pink caps. The meet gets underway at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Aquatic Center.
"Our ladies were very excited to take part in the Power of Pink last season, and that feeling has really taken hold and grown," head coach Eric McIlquham said. "Anything we can to do to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer is a great thing."
In this country alone, a woman will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and the odds of overcoming breast cancer are much higher if the disease is detected in the early stages, a fact that makes the Tide's efforts even more vital.
2010-2011 Power of Pink Dates
Fall Events – October 8-23, 2010
Volleyball – Friday, October 8 vs. Florida @ 7 p.m.
Soccer - Sunday, October 10 vs. South Carolina @ 1 p.m.
Women's Swimming/Diving – Saturday, October 23 vs. LSU @ 1 p.m.
Winter Events – February 18-20, 2011
Gymnastics – Friday, February 18 vs. Kentucky
Women's Basketball - Sunday, February 20 vs. Ole Miss
Spring Events – April 3-16, 2011
Women's Tennis - Sunday, April 3 vs. LSU
Rowing - Saturday, April 9 vs. Central Florida