NOW WITH PHOTOS: Basketball, swimming & diving teams prepare for Tuesday fundraisers

NOW WITH PHOTOS: Basketball, swimming & diving teams prepare for Tuesday fundraisers

PHOTOS: Men's and Women's Basketball Think Pink

PHOTOS: Swimming & Diving Make-A-Wish Head Shaving

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College Athletics teams will hold two separate fundraisers next Tuesday, as the basketball teams will host their annual Think Pink event to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS), while the swimming & diving squads are fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by hosting a head-shaving event for members of the community. All cancer survivors will be admitted for free to the men's and women's basketball contests that day.

During Tuesday's basketball games with Saint Anselm College, the Purple Knights will hold their annual Think Pink fundraiser, as the women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer, as the Saint Michael's women will don pink socks, T-shirts and shoe laces to show their support, and the men will also utilize pink shoe laces. All fans at the Ross Sports Center will also be eligible for the raffles at each game of pink basketballs signed by Saint Michael's basketball players.

Representatives from the ACS will be on hand to accept donations, as each team's goal is to raise money to help fund research, create awareness, fight back, and show support for all who are affected by the disease. Patrons who donate will receive a ribbon signifying their support, with all funds raised during the games going directly to the ACS. For more information, or if you would like to show your support with a donation, please contact women's basketball head coach Shannon Kynoch at (802) 654-2503, or skynoch@smcvt.edu. For survivors who plan to attend, please contact Kynoch to ensure your free admittance.

Between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Alliot Student Center, the men's and women's swimming & diving programs are teaming with the Saint Michael's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to shave heads for a good cause, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish and the swimming & diving teams.

A $1 donation will give patrons a chance to shave strips of hair from participants' heads, and with a $5 donation, members of the community can have their heads shaved by a Purple Knight. Members of the men's team will be shaving their heads not only for the cause, but also in preparation for next weekend's New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship. Students, faculty and staff of the College and additional members of the community are all welcome and encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, contact SAAC Treasurer and men's swimming & diving sophomore Chad Phalon at cphalon@mail.smcvt.edu.

Since 2003, NCAA Division II has been a national sponsor of Make-A-Wish, raising more than $2.4 million for the global charity, which grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information or to make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/NCAADII.