The Gannon University women’s basketball team will be honored by the Northwest Regional Association of the American Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for its efforts to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer
The Lady Knights and their coach, Cleve Wright, will receive the AFP’s “Outstanding Young Philanthropist” award.
The award stems from the team’s successful “Pink Zone” games held each of the last four seasons. This past season’s Pink Zone game raised $12,500 for the Erie Unit of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fund, bringing the Lady Knights’ total contribution to $52,500.
Wright and the team members will accept the award at a Nov. 15 luncheon.
“We’re very honored to be recognized,” Wright said. “What we’ve accomplished through Pink Zone is a credit to the tremendous support we’ve had from the community and especially from our faculty, staff and students.
“Just like with the game of basketball, it takes a true team effort to make something special happen.”
The Lady Knights’ fifth annual Pink Zone game will be Feb. 18, 2012, when they host Lock Haven University at 1 p.m. at Hammermill Center.