Feb. 24, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University men's basketball team will show its support in the fight against prostate cancer at its final regular-season home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. against Washington as they join the ON THE LINE campaign to promote awareness and education about prostate cancer. Both the WSU and UW coaching staffs will don blue ON THE LINE buttons (the official color of prostate cancer awareness) to show their support in the fight against prostate cancer.
ON THE LINE is a national prostate cancer awareness and education campaign that harnesses the power of sports and celebrities to raise awareness that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and challenges men to take charge of their health. ON THE LINE strives to empower men and their loved ones by providing the resources needed for them to take charge of their health at all stages of the journey, from understanding the risk factors to diagnosis and treatment.
ON THE LINE has deemed the week of Feb. 18 (through Feb. 26) 'Statement Week'. ON THE LINE encourages college coaches to don blue bowties and/or buttons during games that week to show their support of prostate cancer awareness and encourage men to become educated with the disease.
Leading the charge for ON THE LINE during Statement Week will be Tubby Smith, prostate cancer survivor and Head Coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's Basketball team. In his coaching career, Tubby Smith has won a National Title, been named a conference coach of the year five times, and collected national coach of the year honors on three different occasions.
In addition, ON THE LINE has teamed up with the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) during Black History Month to raise awareness of prostate cancer among African American men. During Statement Week, nearly 100 NCAA Division 1 African American Men's Basketball head coaches will be wearing blue bow ties and ON THE LINE buttons during their games to show their support.
Along with wearing blue during Statement Week, people can like ON THE LINE on Facebook and follow ON THE LINE on Twitter. Help ON THE LINE spread the word by sharing Facebook posts and retweeting Twitter posts. But more than anything else, talk to your families and doctors about prostate cancer.
For more information about ON THE LINE, men can visit www.ONTHELINE.com for information about prostate cancer, including basic facts about the prostate, risk factors, screening, diagnosis and treatment options.