GREENSBORO - The North Carolina A&T women's
basketball team woke up early Saturday morning on Oct. 6 geared up to win. But victory
had nothing to do with basketball. The ladies were looking to win in the battle
against breast cancer.
Dressed in breast cancer awareness shirts, the team
was united and ready to support the runners of the 20th Anniversary
Women's Only 5K Walk & Run at Cone Health Women's Hospital. There was also
a Girls' Only Mini-Run.
"We're here to cheer on the younger girls in their
mini race, and for the women running in the big race who need that extra boost
to finish", said junior DeAndra Davis.
To support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
in October was a unanimous decision as a community service outreach project for
the Aggies. The runners and walkers brought in $118,711 for the mammography scholarship
The fund provides free,
life-saving mammograms and follow-up care for women who are uninsured, do not
qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and or lack the financial means to pay for the
screening. The Lady Aggies cheered on an astounding 3, 500
registered runners in the Women's Only 5k Race.
been something that has affected some of our athletes on the team, so they were
eager to get out and volunteer for the Women's Only Race", said assistant coach
Seniors Nikia Gorham and JaQuayla Berry were among
the Aggies who said they have had family members who have suffered from the
disease. While some of the ladies have experienced the strife of the illness
through loved ones, the others who had not were still there and avid in their
efforts to support the women walking and running.
The team made posters decorated with the famous
pink ribbon and other pastel colors representative of breast cancer awareness.
The signs were designed to motivate the runners trying to finish the 3.1 mile
The most important part about A&T women's
basketball team volunteering was being there. Breast cancer is the most common
cancer among women. Every woman age 40 and older is encouraged to have a
mammogram. Mammograms are covered by most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.
But not everyone is eligible for those programs, which is part of the reason
why women's basketball supported the race.
Tarrell Robinson stood firmly behind the team in their efforts to support
Breast Cancer Awareness.
"We were all very excited to be here," said
Robinson. "The team as a whole is setting a great example for the young girls
in the community as well as their peers. Service, it's what we were here for,
and what we all will continue to do."