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MCCC Basketball Teams "In the Pink" for
Breast Cancer Resource Center


West Windsor, N.J. - February 10 marked Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Mercer County Community College as the men's and women's basketball teams played their last home games of the regular season.

Both teams were "in the pink" - adding pink shoelaces, crocs, headbands and socks to their game day attire. A total of $260 was donated by students, faculty, staff and fans to be contributed to the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the YWCA Princeton.

Speaking at halftime was BCRC outreach assistant Brenda Esaw-Howard, a two-time breast cancer survivor and MCCC student majoring in Social Service who plans to graduate in May. She explained that BCRC is dedicated to empowering and educating women about breast health and helping women cope with and fight the disease.

"It's awesome for me to be able to give back and support other women," Esaw-Howard told the fans. "I'm hear to say you can survive breast cancer. Look at me -- I'm still here."

The event was hosted by Mercer's chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, the Athletics Department, and the Student Government Association, which provided funds for raffle giveaways and pink "Hope, Faith, Love" wristbands given to all contributors.

The evening also marked "Sophomore Night" for MCCC's teams, which included a special ceremony prior to the start of the games to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of student athletes who are completing their second season playing with the Vikings. For the women, the game marked the return to the line-up of sophomore forward Azaria Crews.

The men's and women's teams rose to the challenge of the special night, coming away with victories against Morris County College. The women, who had clinched a play-off berth prior to this game, won 48-37, while the men's 57-55 win sealed them a play-off spot.

The Region 19 tournament begins Feb. 21 for the men and Feb. 22 for the women. Go Vikings!


Lacing up before the men's game is Thaddeus Fauntelroy.

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The women's team donned pink headbands and laces in support of the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Pictured are, from left, Natasha Nichols, Allicia Pickett, Showana Paul, Azaria Crews, Chanel Johnson, Marelys Williams, Kristine Funk, Chelsea Holman and Lauri Regan.
Breast cancer survivor Brenda Esaw-Howard, far right, delivered an inspirational halftime message.
Fans had the opportunity to learn more about the BCRC and breast health. Pictured at the lobby display table are, from left, MCCC's Amy Immordino and Erin Cahill and BCRC volunteers Victoria Rose and Brenda Esaw-Howard.
Athletes modeling their pink crocs are, from left, Arlington Rowley, Rodney Walters, Donovan McCleese, Tori Povia, and Stanley Tuchez.
From left, members of MCCC's chapter of the AAWCC, which co-sponsored the event, are Amy Immordino, Nancy Nicholson, Khalida Haqq, Nancy Sobala, and Lucia Brown-Joseph.