March 1, 2013
The Pitt gymnastics squad returns home on Saturday night for the first time in five weeks when they host North Carolina in the Panthers’ annual Think Pink meet to benefit breast cancer research.
Reigning East Atlantic Gymnastics League’s Rookie of the Week, Lindsay Offutt, and the Panthers will welcome the Tar Heels, an EAGL foe, into the confines of Fitzgerald Field House at 7 p.m. A live stream of the event can be found on All-Access on www.PittsburghPanthers.com.
“It’s so nice to be home,” said head coach Debbie Yohman. “That about says it all! After five weeks on the road, which the athletes to their credit, handled very well, it’s nice to finish up in Fitzgerald. We are so evenly matched with North Carolina that we’re almost the same team. We know what we have to do. We just need to go out and apply what we practice every day.”
The annual Think Pink meet, held by Pitt, will help to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.
“What many people don’t know about the pink events is that NCAA gymnastics teams were the first on the collegiate level to promote breast cancer awareness,” Yohman said. “And, we have the longest running Think Pink event here at Pitt. It’s very special to all of us. It isn’t just an excuse to dress up in pink leotards, but an opportunity to participate in targeting a cure. Even at an early age, many of the young women on our team have been touched by breast cancer in their family or their circle of friends. And, if not they most certainly will be. So, this becomes a personal thing and we take great pride in being able to present a large donation each year to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Wear your PINK to the meet and help us out!”
Pitt rounds out the regular season with three home meets, beginning on Saturday night. Additionally, the Panthers will host Michigan State on March 8 and Auburn on March 16.
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