“The dates that are being promoted for competition is Feb. 11-20,” Lagmay said. “Ours happens to be on Feb. 10th. That will be the closest home game that we have in that window period. Basically, it is about bringing awareness to breast cancer. What we do is, our players and staff collects donations for the cause of breast cancer. Once we get our total amount of money, we end up sending it to the Kay Yow foundation.”
Lagmay encourages the community to come out and support the cause. Fans can buy raffle tickets at the door to have a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
“We are going to have a raffle at halftime,” Lagmay said. “The people that donate will get a raffle ticket. At the door you can purchase raffle tickets. We are going to have prizes at halftime where we are going to be calling out raffle ticket numbers and handing out prizes.”
Lagmay and the Lady Tornadoes will support the cause by wearing pink against Selma. Lagmay hopes that a cure will be found for breast cancer soon.
“Our girls will start the warm-ups in pink t-shirts,” Lagmay said. “I heard the team may be wearing pink socks. The people at the door will receive a pink wristband to support the cause. I will be wearing pink as well, I’m thinking about dying my hair pink. It is all for the cause. Hopefully money will be collected and there will be a cure quick.”
Breast cancer awareness is something that Lagmay promotes because it has affected his life.
“It has been a touching campaign for me, because my mother had to deal with breast cancer,” Lagmay said. “She actually beat it twice and she is clear of it. It can happen to any female. I try to lecture my team with any knowledge especially with them being females. I tell them to take care of their bodies, get exams, know about it and hopefully when they become older their will be a cure. It is touching to me. I have told the girls and my staff that it is not about the wins and loses in basketball or how we prepare for a game or if we end up victorious or not. The bigger win is can we find a cure and save lives. There is more to it than dribbling a leather basketball on a court and putting it through a nylon net. We are talking about human lives here. The players have been more than happy to commit to this cause.”
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a 501 c (3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Anyone who wishes to donate money to the cause, but will not be able to attend the game can do so by contacting Lagmay at 256-761-6229.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.