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MCCC Basketball Teams ‘Think Pink’ for YWCA’s Breast Cancer Resource Center


The women's basketball team is "in the pink." From left are team manager Shaune Palms, Jhava Wilson, Mary Kate Madonia, Amirah Terry, Daja Dupree, Shanice Barnes, Cassie Filipowicz and Shaunice Palms.

Spreading the word about breast health are, from left, BCRC's Kim Beck and MCCC staffers Erin Cahill-Wetzel, Roseann Cooper, Rachel Katz and Tonia Harrison.

WWFM's Rachel Katz shared her personal story and encouraged others to seek support through the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Think Pink t-shirts added to the proceeds. Seated from left are staff members Lucia Brown-Joseph, Mike DeAngelis, and Stefanie Williams; standing from left are Tonia Harrison, President Jianping Wang, Erin Cahill-Wetzel, John Simone (back), Roseann Cooper and Rachel Katz, and BCRC's Kim Beck.

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) basketball players switched out their standard issue shoelaces for pink ones as the college’s Athletics Department hosted its seventh annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Feb. 2. The event was held in conjunction with women’s and men’s basketball games versus Brookdale Community College.

Vikings family members, friends and fans went all in -- eagerly participating in a raffle drawing, purchasing pink t-shirts, and contributing monetary donations. Proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the Princeton-YWCA.

The event featured a lobby display staffed by BCRC Outreach Coordinator Kim Beck and MCCC volunteers from the Mercer chapter of the American Association for Women in Community College.The display included important health information about mammograms, breast self-exams and more.

According to Athletics staff member Erin Cahill-Wetzel, who helped organize the event, this year’s fundraising effort was especially successful, generating $544 and more than tripling last year’s total. (The total does not include money raised by the women’s basketball team for its t-shirt sales.)

Cahill-Wetzel explains that the goal of “Think Pink” is to increase awareness about breast cancer and the resources available through the volunteer-based BCRC.  Several breast cancer survivors shared their stories in presentations between games and during half time of the men’s game.

The raffle drawing has become a highlight of the event.  “We are extremely grateful to all the small local businesses who stepped up and helped to make it a success,” Cahill-Wetzel said.

Raffle prizes were donated by Carella’s Shoes, Casaer’s Bagels & Deli, Central Perk Bagels, Carella’s Hallmark and Chocolates, DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, Porfirio’s Market & Café, 33 Barbershop, Princeton University Basketball, LuLaRoe Ashley Moffett, Kelsey Theatre, Kalinowski Performance Academy, CLEB Originals by Lucia Brown-Joseph, Bottle Lights by Lisa Camillone, MCCC Camp College, MCCC Continuing Studies, and the MCCC Bursar’s Office.

On the basketball side of the night, fans were rewarded by two competitive games.  While both MCCC basketball teams have struggled this season, their effort was evident all night. The women's team took an early lead, but ultimately lost 68-51. Freshman Jhava Wilson scored a game-high 23 points, followed by Shanice Barnes with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Freshmen Shaunice Palms and Cassie Filipowicz also contributed, along with sophomore guard Amirah Terry. The men’s team also put in a great showing, losing by just three points after two tough calls that could have led to overtime or a win.

“Even though the endings were disappointing, both teams came together and gave it their all to help raise money and awareness for a great cause that has affected so many women and their families,” Cahill-Wetzel said.

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