Saint Michael's hosts Think Pink basketball games, National Girls and Women in Sports Day

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College basketball teams will host a Think Pink event on Wednesday, when the Department of Athletics also plans to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). All cancer survivors will be admitted for free to the contests, as will all girls and women in conjunction with NGWSD.

During Wednesday's contests with Merrimack College, the Purple Knights will hold their annual Think Pink cancer research fundraiser, as the women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer, as the Saint Michael's women will don pink socks, T-shirts and shoe laces to show their support. Each fan at the Ross Sports Center will also be eligible for raffles throughout the evening of pink basketballs signed by Saint Michael's basketball players, and game-worn jerseys.

Representatives from the American Cancer Society will be on hand to accept donations, as each team's goal is to raise money to help fund research, create awareness, fight back, and show support for all who are affected by the disease. Patrons who donate will receive a ribbon signifying their support, with all funds raised during the games going directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, or if you would like to show your support with a donation, please contact women's basketball assistant coach Shannon Kynoch at (802) 654-2503, or For survivors who plan to attend, please contact Kynoch to ensure your free admittance.

All girls and women will be admitted for free into the games, as the College takes part in the 27th annual NGWSD, an event that began in 1987 as a day to remember late Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. For more information about NGWSD, visit here.