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Women’s basketball team to hold ‘Rockets for the Cure’ Feb. 7

Toledo will hold its seventh annual “Rockets For the Cure” sponsored by Kroger Saturday, Feb. 7, as the Midnight Blue and Gold entertain Ball State at 2 p.m.

Rockets-for-the-Cure-videoboard-2The Mid-American Conference West Division match-up will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

The Rockets encourage everyone in attendance to wear pink in support of cancer research.

Groups that purchase 15 or more tickets may do so for $6 each. The first 500 group tickets purchased will receive a free “Rockets for the Cure” commemorative T-shirt.

Tickets also will be sold for a raffle throughout the game. Immediately following the contest, guest emcee Chrys Peterson will host a live auction for the UT players’ pink game jerseys.

Two additions to this year’s event will be a Legends Online Auction and an opportunity for fans to make an extra donation to cancer research based on UT’s accuracy at the charity stripe.

The auction will run through Sunday, Feb. 8, on utrockets.com. Fans can bid on legend jerseys of Kahli Carter, Kim D’Angelo, Tia Davis, Dana Drew, Angela Drake, Latoja Harris, Courtney Ingersoll, Linda Janicki, Lucretia LeGault, Kim Knuth, Mimi Olson, Yolanda Richardson, Courtney Risinger, Jane Roman, Kelly Savage, Kim Sekulski and Naama Shafir.

In addition, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will donate $25 for every free throw the Rockets make during the game, and she is asking fans to match it.

“Kroger is a committed supporter of breast cancer research, awareness and services,” Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger’s Columbus Division, said. “That’s why we are proud to partner with The University of Toledo as the title sponsor of the Rockets for the Cure game. We are donating pink rally towels to all in attendance as a reminder that we are in this fight together.”

Last season, Toledo raised $13,582 for breast cancer research. Six of the Nike uniforms that were auctioned off after the contest went for more than $1,000, including a high of $1,500 for Ana Capotosto.

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