Oct. 4, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Pitt women's basketball announced its 2013-14 promotions schedule starting with its annual School Day on Friday, Nov. 8. The list of entertaining events also includes Hometown vs. Hunger, Girl Scout Day and Pink the Petersen.
Pitt will host more than 4,000 elementary and middle school students for the Fifth Annual School Day on Nov. 8 when the Panthers entertain Bucknell at 11 a.m. Entertaining students from over 50 schools, the event will emphasize the importance of doing well in school and practicing good sportsmanship.
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Less than one month later, Pitt will partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC Health Plan for Hometown vs. Hunger. The event to assist in the fight against hunger in Western Pennsylvania is slated for Sunday, Dec. 1 when Pitt takes on Buffalo at 2 p.m.
Fans who bring a nonperishable food item to the Petersen Events Center will receive a free ticket to the Panthers-Bulls showdown. Season ticketholders will also receive a coupon to the Panthers Team Store or a free guest ticket with the donation of a food item.
Pitt will also partner with CBS Radio local affiliates leading up to Hometown vs. Hunger. Players and coaches will join 100.7 Star on the air Nov. 18-22 during a marathon broadcast from the Petersen Events Center to promote the cause.
The Panthers will also be collecting pet food on Dec. 1 as part of the campus-wide Pitt for Pets initiative aimed at easing the burden of feeding furry friends during difficult times.
The Sunday, Jan. 19 game between Pitt and Syracuse has been designated Girl Scout Day. Scouts attending the 2 p.m. game will receive a patch for their participation. As in the past, numerous activities will be available for the troops prior to the game.
Pitt will hold its Seventh Annual Pink the Petersen contest on Sunday, Feb. 16 when it hosts Clemson at 2 p.m. The Panthers will team with UPMC Health Plan and the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
In addition to Susan G. Komen, the Panthers will participate in the WBCA's annual Play 4Kay event. The Play 4Kay initiative brings together the women's basketball community to raise breast cancer awareness with colleges and universities across the country playing in honor of former N.C. State coach Kay Yow. Yow was the head coach of the gold-medal winning 1988 U.S. Olympic team of which Suzie McConnell-Serio was a member.
Pitt will donate a portion of the game's ticket proceeds to breast cancer research. Breast cancer survivors will also be recognized during the game and fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause.
In addition to events taking place on game day, the Panthers will participate in Fan Fest and the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Petersen Events Center. Both the men's and women's squads will be available for autographs from 1-2 p.m.
Now in its fifth year, the Heart Health Fair will include free screenings and tests as well as educational heart health displays. Maggie Dixon, Pitt men's coach Jamie Dixon's sister, was the head coach of the Army Black Knights' women's team. Just weeks after leading her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006, Maggie died suddenly due to a heart arrhythmia at the age of 28.
The Panthers can also be seen on Saturday, Oct. 19 as Pitt football takes on Old Dominion. The team will make its appearance on Art Rooney Avenue outside Heinz Field leading up to its inaugural ACC season. Fans can meet the coaches and team and take part in games and skills demonstrations prior to kickoff.
Participants at the Oct. 19 event will also receive a voucher for a free ticket to a future women's basketball game.
Pitt returns all five starters and its top eight scorers from a season ago. The Panthers will be led by Suzie McConnell-Serio in her first year as head coach at Pitt.
Single-game tickets will go on sale for $5 on Monday, Oct. 14. Group rates are available at $3 per ticket for groups of 15-29 people or $1 per ticket for 30 or more people.
Season tickets are available with prices at $50 for adults and $20 for youths (2-17) and seniors (50 and over). A family plan is available for $110 (4 tickets), while four-game mini packages are also available for two tickets to four games of your choosing for $20. VIP Courtside seats have sold out. To purchase tickets, visit www.pittsburghpanthers.com or call 1-800-643-7488 (PITT).
Admission is free to all University of Pittsburgh students, Pitt and UPMC Faculty and Staff with a valid Pitt ID.