I promise, going to a hockey game this weekend will actually benefit you, Norfolk Gals! It’s time for the annual “Pink in the Rink” game at the Scope Arena. Once a season the ice is dyed and sets a pretty pink stage for the hard hitting players to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It’s a giant commitment to turn the ice pink and very labor intensive but the community sure has come out to show their moms, sisters, daughters, and friends support and I have a feeling this year will be nothing less.
“Real men wear pink but real tough men play on pink ice,” said Ilona Webb-Bruner, Executive Director for the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “It’s the highlight of our year.”
According to Ilona, statistics show 1 in 8 women nationally are affected by breast cancer and 1 in 6 women in our Hampton Roads area. For men, it’s 1 in 40 men nationally and 1 in 35 men here in Hampton Roads. Why are our stats higher here? Ilona attributes it to certain environmental and lifestyle issues we’re faced with here.
Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, "Hockey 101" and a silent auction for player-autographed Tampa Bay Lightning items. The "Hockey 101" will be held starting at 6:15 p.m. Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where: Norfolk Scope Arena
When: Saturday January 15th, 2011
Time: Puck drops at 7:15pm
Who’s Playing: Your AHL Norfolk Admirals vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NHL’s New York Islanders)
Tickets can be purchased through Susan G. Komen for the Cure here or by calling (757) 490-7794. You can pick those tickets up at the Susan G. Komen will call table at Scope after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets purchased through Komen are $12 and have a $4/ticket donation back to the organization.
Although I can’t officially promise you a win, I can promise you the chance to help win in the fight against breast cancer!