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Olivia Osamusali, Kayah Clarke, Brooke Davis, Lexi PollardLancer athletes Olivia Osamusali and Kayah Clarke of basketball, Brooke Davis and Lexi Pollard of volleyball will join their teammates in wearing pink Saturday to show solidarity for the fight against breast cancer.

Weekend of varsity action to include efforts at breast cancer awareness

Lancer athletics will host eight games and a track meet in a weekend that will also feature activities dedicated to raising awareness of the fight against breast cancer.

Basketball will get the weekend rolling, playing host to the York Lions in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 7. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. That same evening, men’s hockey will face off against the Ryerson Rams at 7:30 p.m. at the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex.

On Saturday, Lancer teams will trade in their traditional blue and gold for pink as they raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. At each game, athletics will sell special T-shirts for $12 and Shoot for the Cure tote bags for $2, with the proceeds going directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Jane Parsons of the Canadian Cancer Society says the support is appreciated.

“The ongoing commitment of these young adults in their support or the breast cancer cause is admirable,” she says. “Each year, funds raised through Shoot for the Cure support gold standard breast cancer research in areas of risk reduction, screening, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.”

The day will start with volleyball hosting the Western Mustangs at the St. Denis Centre. The women will play at noon, and the men at 2 p.m. Windsor’s men are currently ranked 10th in the country.

Men’s hockey will return to the ice at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to take on the No. 5 Toronto Varsity Blues. Prior to the game, the Lancers will salute graduating player Alex Friesen.

Lancer basketball will also honour graduating seniors in ceremonies before Saturday contests against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Game time is for 6 p.m. for the women, ranked seventh in U Sports, and 8 p.m. for the men.

On Sunday, the St. Denis Centre is host to 11 schools for the 30th annual track and field team challenge. Doors will open at 11 a.m.  
 
Tickets for Lancer basketball are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets for Lancer volleyball, hockey, and track and field are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Find more info at goLancers.ca.