The Edmond Sun

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February 18, 2014

UCO begins Pink Week activities

EDMOND — Members of the University of Central Oklahoma community kicked off “Pink Week” activities Monday, part of an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and benefit Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma.

UCO’s Paint the Campus Pink Week runs through Feb. 22 and culminates with the 4th annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament Feb. 24-27.

Themed “Pinkxar,” a play on Pixar, Paint the Campus Pink Week events include the “Pinkcredibles” Fitness Contest and Zumbathon at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Nigh University Center. Students competed in the Big Pink Fitness Competition or tried Zumba, a dance-based exercise.

Future events are:

• “There’s a Cure in My Boot,” Western Dance, 8-10:30 p.m. today in NUC Ballrooms: Join Big Pink and “Toy Story” characters Woody and Buzz to learn to two-step and enjoy complimentary chicken strips from Slim Chickens.

• Pink UP! Balloons of Love, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20, Blue Tent at Broncho Lake: Release a balloon in honor or in memory of those affected by breast cancer. Balloons are $1 each; proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma.

• “Finding a Cure” Goldfish and Trivia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21, Broncho Lake Clock Tower: Win prizes while learning about breast cancer, how it affects women and men and how to be a part of the fight to find a cure.

• Pink Out Basketball Game, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Hamilton Field House: Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and cheer on UCO men’s and women’s basketball.

The Big Pink Volleyball Tournament begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 in the UCO Wellness Center. The weeklong single-elimination tournament features a giant twist — teams play with a 4-foot pink volleyball.

Since its inception in 2011, the tournament has raised more than $11,000 for the Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma through registration fees and T-shirt sales. Teams of 6-10 players may register online for $5 per person through 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Participants of all physical abilities are welcome.

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