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Pink Game: Support those impacted by cancer

UAlbany Sports Information   08-30-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany will host a Pink Football Game at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2017, against Villanova to support The American Cancer Society. This game gives the community a unique opportunity to honor a loved one who has been impacted by any type of cancer. By making a donation of $35, one can honor someone by having his or her name displayed on the name plate of a UAlbany football player’s jersey. In addition, this donation will include two (2) game tickets and the ability to purchase additional tickets at a discounted price. The game against Villanova will conclude with a fireworks display and source of inspiration for those fighting this disease.

 Tribute Jersey donations must be submitted before September 10, 2017. To purchase visit:  

The UAlbany athletic department planned this game in support of its athletic director, Mark Benson, who committed to joining 24 other prominent Capital Region men in taking a stand against breast cancer throughout the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

“In addition to wearing pink every day in October and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer,” said Lizzie Hunter, Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised allow the Society to help save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge, but together, our 25 Capital Region leaders plan to work together to raise more than $50,000 in those two months.  

“I’m excited to be a part of the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign”, said Mark Benson, University at Albany Athletic Director. “We enjoy a great relationship with the American Cancer Society through the annual Coaches v Cancer event. Unfortunately, cancer touches everyone.  Personally, Linda Brunick, my mother-in-law, and Debbie White, the person who gave me my first job in college athletics, are both breast cancer survivors.  It’s a privilege to honor both of them in this campaign as we work to raise awareness and resources in the fight against cancer.”

For additional details about the UAlbany pink game on September 23, 2017, at Casey Stadium visit: . For more information on the Capital Region Real Men Wear Pink Campaign visit: Capital.

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About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit




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