From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s basketball team will put the stamp on a 41-season tenure for Harford Community College’s Susquehanna Center on Wednesday, Feb. 11 when it plays the last basketball game in the building, due to impending renovations and improvements. Wednesday’s 6:00 p.m. game against Anne Arundel Community College will also mark the first time that Harford participates in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative to assist in raising breast cancer awareness and will be the last home game for the Fighting Owl sophomores.
Harford has partnered with Upper Chesapeake Cancer Life Net, a non-profit organization that services the Harford and lower Cecil counties, which is located on the campus of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The organization serves to provide assistance to individuals and families who are current or recent patients and are in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Chesapeake Cancer Alliance and others.
The Fighting Owls game versus the Pioneers will feature a pink game ball, which will be raffled off following the conclusion of the game and ceremonial last basket, as well as pink shoelaces for the Harford squad and numerous giveaways that include pink T-shirts, mini basketballs, etc.
Prior to the game, Cancer Life Net representatives will host a video presentation in the lobby area outside of the gymnasium and just before tip-off, Harford will honor its three, two-year participants, sophomores Marie Fox (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood), Jasmine Parsons (Edgewood, Md./Joppatowne) and Hillary Scroggins (Riverside, Md./Tome) who will be playing in their final home contest.
After the final tick of the game clock, members of the Harford administration will participate in a ceremonial last basket, sealing the 41-season (1968-2009) history of the Susquehanna Center, after which those in attendance will be treated to a slice of celebratory cake. Renovations and improvements to the current building are slated to begin in September 2009.
Together with Cancer Life Net and the Student Athlete Advisory Club (SAAC), Harford will be one of over 1,000 schools (and counting) that participates in the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink,” which began in 2007. In its inaugural season, more than 120 schools participated in the initiative and in its sophomore season in 2008, participation jumped to over 1,100 teams and organizations that combined to reach over 830,000 fans and raised over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
The game will also be taped by the local Harford Cable Network, to be aired on tape delay on Saturday nights in March at 7:00 p.m. The network is currently airing the Jan. 7 men’s basketball game against CCBC-Essex on Saturday nights in February at 7:00 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer or donate to the event, please contact Salee Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-412-2445 or Donna Grove at email@example.com or 443-412-2321.