September 20, 2011
VCU ATHLETICS JOINS FORCES WITH THE MASSEY CANCER CENTER FOR BLUE OUTS AND PINK OUTS
In athletics, we deal with numbers and statistics on a daily
basis. We record assists, shots on goal, rebounds, points and
times. However, in the coming month VCU Athletics and VCU Massey
Cancer Center would like the Rams and their fans to focus on
numbers of a different kind.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be
approximately 1,567,670 new cancer diagnoses this year. We want to
raise awareness not only about this number, but also about
the fight those diagnosed will have to face; a fight made easier by
breakthroughs in therapies and devices developed by National Cancer
Institute-designated cancer centers such as VCU Massey.
Thanks to these advances, it is estimated that there are 11.7
million cancer survivors alive today, and that number is
growing. In the last 30 years, the cancer survival rate has gone up
almost 20 percent from 50 to 68.
With statistics such as these, it’s easy to see just how
many people have been affected by cancer. Whether you are fighting
cancer yourself, know someone who is or simply want to raise
awareness, VCU Athletics has parterned with VCU Massey to
help raise cancer awareness at VCU Rams home games.
Fans are encouraged to participate in four “Blue
Outs” and “Pink Outs” at various field hockey and
men’s and women’s soccer games that will take place
over the next few weeks.
Here are event
The first Massey Blue Out will take place at VCU Field Hockey
on 9/23 vs. Towson at 7 pm at Cary Street Field. All fans in
attendance are encouraged to wear BLUE to help raise prostate
cancer awareness. The VCU Field Hockey team will be donning
blue during pre-match warm-ups.
The first 100 fans in the gates will receive the FREE warm-up
Massey Cancer Blue Out t-shirt. Several other "Blue" elements
will be incorporated into the match as well as contests and trivia
throughout the evening to "Raise Awareness. Raise Hope". The
same protocol will be repeated for VCU Women’s Soccer on 9/29
vs. George Mason at Sports Backers Stadium.
Following the Blue Outs, there will be a Massey Pink Out at
VCU Men's Soccer on 10/1 vs. George Mason at 7 pm at Sports Backers
Stadium. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear PINK
to help raise breast cancer awareness. The VCU Men's Soccer
team will be sporting pink t-shirts during pre-match warm-ups to
"Raise Awareness. Raise Hope". The first 100 fans in
the gates will receive a FREE pink t-shirt replica of the men's
soccer warm-up. Several other "pink" elements will be
incorporated into the game. The next Pink Out will be at VCU
Volleyball on 10/21 vs. James Madison at 7 pm at the Siegel
Fans are encouraged to wear their own blue and pink to all the
events, as free shirts are limited with only 100 per event.
More information will be coming soon with a registration page
that will offer the first 50 patients, caregivers, survivors or
friends and family of those affected by cancer a free game ticket
and a Pink Our of Blue Out t-shirt. Tickets and t-shirts must
be picked up in advance at the Siegel Center Ticket Office on the
west side ofthe Verizon Wireless Arena by 4:30 pm the day before
the game. T-shirts and tickets will NOT be distributed at the
Come out and support your Rams and Raise Awareness, Raise