First, congrats to Michelle Jones, MJ to her friends, for reaching the 1,000 point plateau for her Bearcat career. Michelle was part of that top 10 ranked recruiting class that came to Clifton five years ago, and it's great to see a local product do well at the next level.
Second, I have a question for you: Who among you has been touched, one way or the other, by breast cancer? A friend, a sister or mother, maybe even yourself? Chances are, there are a lot of hands up right now. In fact it'd be easier to ask who HASN'T been touched by this awful disease.
Which brings me to Saturday's women's game, back home at the friendly confines of Fifth Third arena. This time we ask you to leave your Bearcat red and black home for the day, and instead, think Pink. Get your spring pink jacket, sweater or blouse out of the closet and wear it for this special day. Because this is the annual game where the Bearcats, and just about every women's basketball program in Division 1, sets aside to remind all of us about the importance of breast cancer awareness.
Of course, a lot of this is in response to the valiant fight that Kay Yow waged for literally decades while she coached at North Carolina State. While she eventually succumbed to the disease a little more than a year ago, cancer didn't defeat her. Instead, her crusade continues today with so many days like Saturday's Pink Zone game. Proceeds go to the Barrett Cancer Center, a place I've had to visit too many times.
This game may be for the Bearcats, but it's also for the many women who are our friends, our neighbors, our mothers and sisters, who have waged this battle. Let's cheer both of them on, on Saturday.