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Ohio Wesleyan Basketball Teams, Delaware Gazette Invite Community to Attend Free Games, Support Outreach Efforts

February 4, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – The Ohio Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball teams are inviting the community to attend their Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 games for free and to support their efforts to collect food for the hungry and raise money for breast cancer research. The special events are co-sponsored by the Delaware Gazette.

On Feb. 9, the men’s basketball team is waiving admission for its contest against the Hiram Terriers. The game tips off at 3 p.m. in Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St.

Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the door for Delaware’s People in Need, Inc., which provides a food pantry and other assistance to area families.

At halftime, the Battling Bishops will celebrate the 20th anniversary of winning the 1988 men’s basketball national championship, and members of the championship team will be recognized.

On Feb. 16, Ohio Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team will waive admission for anyone who wears pink to its game against the Allegheny Gators. The contest tips off at 2 p.m. at Branch Rickey Arena. The special event is part of the national Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “Think Pink” initiative.

Donations for breast cancer research also will be accepted at the door and breast cancer survivors will be acknowledged at halftime.

All contributions collected Feb. 16 will be used to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Yow, North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and currently is battling the disease for the third time. The V Foundation was founded in 1993 by ESPN and Jim Valvano, now deceased, a former North Carolina State basketball coach and award-winning broadcaster.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.