Toledo will hold its 14th annual Rockets for the Cure Saturday, Feb. 22, as the women’s basketball team entertains Western Michigan at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.
The Mid-American Conference West Division showdown will help 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.
The goal of Rockets for the Cure is to provide cancer education to the community, provide encouragement to the survivors fighting and their families, celebrate the survivors who have won the fight, remember the ones who were less fortunate, and pack Savage Arena with 5,000 or more Rocket fans in pink.
The Rockets have raised more than $142,000 for this cause over the last decade.
Toledo is offering free admission to the game to all breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer. To claim a free ticket, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), stop by the Ticket Office in Savage Arena, or visit the Toledo Rockets website.
In addition, 10 survivors will be recognized before the game and introduced with the starting five of each team. These survivors will receive a Rockets for the Cure T-shirt, two tickets to the Huntington suite, and additional tickets in the lower bowl for friends and family.
Commemorative Rockets for the Cure T-shirts can be purchased for $10 on the Toledo Rockets website.
From when the doors open at 12:30 p.m. until the end of halftime, fans are encouraged to take part in the silent auction in the West Concourse. Included in the auction are items from Toledo Yoga, Mud Hens tickets, signed basketballs and more.
The Rocket players again will wear special pink uniforms for the game. Guest emcee Chrys Peterson and the Rockets will hold a jersey auction immediately following the contest. All proceeds from the live auction will benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.
Last season, the Rockets raised $16,224 for cancer research, signifying their highest total since 2013. It also marked the 10th straight year they collected at least $10,000. In addition, five of the uniforms that were auctioned off after the contest went for at least $700, including a high of $3,000 for Kaayla McIntyre.
For more information, call the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena at 419.530.GOLD (4653) or contact Cliff Bonner at email@example.com or 419.530.5433.
For tickets, go to the Toledo Rockets website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. UToledo employees and retirees may purchase tickets at half-price; UToledo students are admitted free with ID.