College Basketball Teams Support Breast Cancer Awareness

EDISON — “Pink Day,” a program in which the Middlesex County College and Ocean County College basketball teams supported breast cancer awareness, was held at Middlesex on Feb. 8.

The men’s and women’s teams from both schools wore pink warmup t-shirts and wristbands and members of the Middlesex women’s team and softball squad held a bake sale and collected donations for the American Cancer Society. The program was part of “Pink Zone,” a national effort to raise awareness and funds, organized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.


Before the women’s game, Middlesex Vice President Karen Hays and Assistant Athletic Director Carey Monkowski officiated at a ceremonial tipoff. From left: Liz Lawler (Lacey Township), from Ocean County College; Dr. Hays; Ms. Monkowski; and Fleur Martinez (Avenel) from Middlesex. Ocean won the women’s contest 67-60 and the men’s game 69-55.

Nurse educators from St. Peter’s University Hospital also spoke with the teams about breast cancer awareness in a program sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. From left: Middlesex basketball player Cristina Jordan (Woodbridge), softball player Morgan Widener (Monroe) and Associate Athletic Director Carey Monkowski talk with Ellen Strong of St. Peter’s University Hospital. Strong is from the hospital’s Community Mobile Health program and is speaking to young women athletes in the area; the lecture series has educated 12,000 high school and college students on the subject over the past four years.

(Photos courtesy of Middlesex County College)

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