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Woodcreek gym turns into the Pink Zone

Lady T-wolves raise funds, awareness about breast cancer
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With each passing year, the Woodcreek High breast cancer awareness night grows, both in community involvement and in popularity. On most nights when the girls basketball team is in action, the bleachers on one side of the gym are closed, but on Thursday night, both sides were packed with pink-clad fans who gathered to support the Lady Timberwolves and their counterparts from Roseville High. They were also there to rally on behalf of breast cancer research. What began in 2008 under the direction of Barb Tingley, the parent of a former Woodcreek player who is herself a breast cancer survivor, has become a full-scale event. In its third year, this Pink Zone game expanded to raise funds not only for the Kay Yow Foundation, but also for the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment. “That first year it was her (Tingley), my sports marketing class, a few balloons, some pink wristbands and it just raised awareness,” said Woodcreek coach Ray Beck. “The committee then decided to also bring on the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment as a second beneficiary of the event to make a local impact as well. The parents on the committee and the girls do a ton of work to make this event happen. This year the ASB at our school had a Pink Zone rally for the cause and the game. Our cheer, dance and band also get to be a part of this event.” Despite the fact that her daughter has graduated, Tingley was there as well, pitching in for the cause. This year’s event was headed by Lynn Pettinato and Carolyn Barrow and included a raffle and food donations to aid the cause. A final tally was still not available, but the hope was to match or exceed last year’s $3,000 mark, with the money being split between the two worthy causes. Woodcreek remains on of the few high school to participate in the Pink Zone, which is broadly observed in the college ranks. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, in conjunction with the Kay Yow Foundation and the Jimmy V Foundation began its “Think Pink” program in 2007, setting aside two weeks in February for this worthy cause. Yow was a long-time coach at North Carolina State who finally lost her 20-year battle with breast cancer last year.