Pink and Green: USC Upstate Spartans Take on Cancer Week of Feb. 14

February 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

Spartanburg, S.C. — The University of South Carolina Upstate Department of Athletics is hosting two events that will help fight the battle against cancer in our community.  The Department of Athletics has partnered with Gibbs Cancer Center at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center as the recipient of all of the Athletic Department’s cancer awareness fundraising efforts.  The student-athletes felt the need to make an impact on our local community and they are asking for your help.

Monday, February 14, 7:00 pm  (Valentine’s Day)
Pink Zone – Women’s Basketball vs. North Florida
Please see the full release here about our Pink Zone event and our new partnership with Gibbs Cancer Center. 

Pink Zone T-Shirts – We are selling Pink Zone t-shirts for $10 each. Contact Louise Ericson at 503-5052 or to get your shirt in advance.  All remaining shirts will be sold on Monday night at the women’s basketball game.  100% of t-shirt proceeds benefit Gibbs Cancer Center.

Cancer Survivors “Shout Out” – All cancer survivors in attendance at the game will be honored at halftime in a special recognition.  We welcome all of our faculty, staff and students, or anyone you would like to bring as a guest, who has battled cancer.  Please join us in celebration of the many who have fought this disease, as well those who continue to fight it every day.  You all deserve a “shout out.”

Eat at Mellow Mushroom on Valentine’s Day – Mellow Mushroom is donating a portion of their Valentine’s Day sales toward our efforts.  The more customers they have, the more money we can raise.  So, go eat lunch or dinner there with your friends and family.  Plus, free admission to the game is granted to anyone with a MM receipt on that day.

Chance to win a Wii – There are several promotions throughout the evening where donations get you a chance at winning a Wii, an autographed pink game ball, and various “Valentine” gift certificates.  Please support our fundraising efforts and you might walk away with a great prize!

Saturday, February 19, 7:00 – 10:00 am at Fatz Café (Hwy. 9 in Boiling Springs)
Cookin’ for Cancer Pancake Breakfast – sponsored by Fatz Café and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC members have been visiting all the buildings across campus to offer tickets for sale to our second annual pancake breakfast.  Tickets are only $5 each and children 8 and under eat free.  Your ticket will get you three pancakes, your choice of bacon or sausage, and a beverage. Last year was a success and we are hoping for an even greater turnout this year.  If you haven’t yet been visited by a student-athlete selling tickets, please feel free to contact Louise Ericson or drop by the Athletic Department offices in the Hodge building.  And, if you can’t make the event yourself, please consider purchasing tickets and giving them away. All proceeds will go to the Gibbs Cancer Center.

For more information contact Louise Ericson, Senior Woman Administrator, Associate Athletics Director for Academics at (864) 503-5052 or