Iowa State’s men’s basketball team will be wearing pink shoes and jerseys with pink lettering during Saturday’s game at Hilton Coliseum with No. 10-ranked Kansas State in support of breast cancer awareness.
ISU is one of four schools nationally – Brigham Young, Illinois and Oregon – the Nike has outfitted with the specially-made uniforms. Students in Cyclone Alley will be wearing pink shirts and the general public is encouraged to wear pink clothing to help make it a “Pink Out” crowd for the ESPN2 national audience.
Coach Greg McDermott’s wife, Theresa, and graduate assistant Bryan Petersen’s mother, Karen, are breast cancer survivors.
“Nike is very aware of Theresa’s battle with breast cancer,” McDermott said. “She is doing well and that’s great. Part of the reason she is doing great is because hers was detected early. That’s really what this is about. It’s about awareness. It’s about people understanding that you just can’t forget what you are supposed to do. You have to be proactive with your health. If in some small way this helps, it’s a small price for us to pay.
“Our guys were all fired up about wearing them. They are happy to be on board with this and hopefually we can get as many fans as possible wearing pink.”