OXFORD, Ohio – The final month season will bring forth a number of theme games that focus on causes near and dear to the Miami University women’s basketball team’s heart. From educating and entertaining kids to raising money for local breast cancer awareness, the RedHawks will be a visible presence in the community this month. Here is some more information on each of these games, and how Miami fans can help.
On Saturday, March 1 the RedHawks will host their newly rebranded Think Pink game. Head Coach Cleve Wright and the Think Pink committee are focusing on a local twist. One hundred percent of all proceeds from this game, including the ticket gate, will be donated to Luna Cares, and earmarked specifically for breast cancer patients.
Luna Cares is a non-profit organization that was created in Oxford to support local women and their families following the diagnosis of cancer. Luna Cares helps offset costs of treatments, doctor visits, copays and deductibles, hospital stays, surgeries, counseling and also provides wellness baskets for incoming oncology patients. Those baskets include free wigs, scarves, turbans, etc.
“We are excited to coordinate this event along with the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and invite the campus and community to support the cause,” said Wright. “The event's purpose is to raise money, honor breast cancer survivors and educate the community about breast cancer. We are excited and committed to raise money through the event for Luna Cares here in Oxford!”
One of the ways the team is raising money before the game is by partnering with the Zetas to sell specially designed t-shirts. There are two designs, one pink and one black and feature the words Miami Basketball and Think Pink, along with a pink ribbon, the universal symbol for the fight against breast cancer. The women’s basketball team and the Zetas will be selling the t-shirts for $10 (smaller sizes) and $12 (larger sizes) at the Oxford Kroger on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Zetas will be selling t-shirts against next week at the Armstrong Student Center with times still to be determined. In addition, fans can stop by the Miami women’s basketball office at any time to purchase one.
Cancer has directly affected the families of two members of the Miami women’s basketball team. That has made all the RedHawks even more determined to fight back against this deadly disease and make this the most successful fundraiser yet.
Class at the Court
The sixth annual Class at the Court game takes place on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. when the RedHawks host Ball State. The women’s basketball team will once again welcome the students from Bogan, Kramer and Marshall elementary schools to Millett Hall for a fun game along with educational opportunities. The game is a major part of the Miami/Talawanda partnership that has been established between the University and the local school district. While plenty of schools host elementary events these days, what makes Miami's different is that it is just a small part of the work the women's basketball team puts in with the three schools year-round. The team is a frequent visitor to the classrooms, passing along encouraging messages to the students. The RedHawks spent time at each school recently to get them pumped for the game and to help them with their focus on Cultural Competence, which is reflected in the district-wide theme of P.R.I.D.E., which stands for People Respecting Individual Differences Everyday.
In addition to the Think Pink event during the Saturday, March 1 game against Buffalo, there will also be the fourth annual Kids Fest. This family friendly event kicks off at 12:30 pm with a free sports clinic from a variety of Miami varsity and club teams. The lineup is still being finalized, but past participants have included volleyball, baseball, field hockey, rugby, football, golf, equestrian and even quidditch. Kids will have the opportunity to interact with student athletes, engage in different activities and score several giveaways.
Goals for Life
The third annual Goals for Life game takes place on Wednesday, March 5 at noon when Miami hosts Bowling Green. Bringing in the students of Talawanda Middle School, it is another extension of the Miami/Talawanda partnership. Expanding on the principles of Class at the Court, the RedHawks pair with several on-campus groups to provide educational programming for the middle schoolers. In the morning, the sixth graders will have a leadership panel led by several campus leaders, including Miami Student-Athletes and the ROTC. The seventh graders will come to Millett Hall and work on a project to focus on building a positive culture. They will break into small groups and create Vine videos around that theme that will then air during the game. Assisting them in the project will be volunteers from the Rotary and Kiwanis, along with professors from Miami’s College of Education, Health and Society. The eighth graders will receive an admissions tour of Miami to learn what a college campus is like. All three grades will the gather at Millett at noon to enjoy the game.