More than $5,200 raised for fund

The Moravian Women's Basketball team and St. Michael's CYO girls' team were in the pink February 14, when they helped raise more than $5,200 for cancer awareness through the WBCA/PinkZone initiative. Photo by Lorrie Radcliff

Moravian's Johnston Hall Gym was awash in pink on Saturday, February 14, when the Greyhound basketball teams hosted their Annual Cancer Awareness Day against Goucher College of Maryland in Landmark Conference Action.

The Women's Basketball Team, ranked number one in the nation in free throw percentage, donned pink game uniforms and used a pink game ball in recognition of the Pink Zone initiative of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to help raise breast cancer awareness. The Greyhounds were joined on court in pink by the women of Goucher College, who wore pink t-shirts during warm ups, and by the St. Michael's CYO team, who played in a half-time scrimmage wearing bright pink shirts. Cheerleaders, spectators, and even "Amos," the mascot, sported the color as well.

Four Greyhound players—juniors Kirsty Stearns, Alyssa Bisci, Alyson Steltz, and freshman Hilary Murray—went one step further by having their long hair cut for the Locks of Love program. Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. 

The bright pink game ball was raffled off and won by Ron Radcliff of North Canton, Ohio, who was in town visiting daughter Lorrie Radcliff, a member of the Moravian College athletic training staff. After the team signed the ball, Radcliff made a gift of the ball to Parkland basketball coach Patti Heffner, mother of Moravian player Amy Heffner. Coach Heffner, who recently underwent surgery to remove brain tumors, was in the stands to cheer on the Hounds. The Greyhound squad has dedicated the season to Coach Heffner and players have been wearing initialed armbands during games.

Proceeds from donations, pledges, raffles, and concessions totaled more than $5,200; all of it was donated to the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund, established in 2007. Kay Yow was the long-time head women's basketball coach at North Carolina State—34 seasons and 737 career victories—who battled cancer for the past 22 years. On January 6, 2009, Yow announced she would take a leave of absence for the rest of the season. She lost her battle to cancer just weeks later, on January 24. The $5,200 raised was a record amount for the Moravian basketball team cancer event. —By Marty Moyle