Keystone College’s athletic department held a Think Pink Night and Be the Match Donor Drive Feb. 12 during the Giants basketball doubleheader against local rival Baptist Bible College, who also contributed to the night’s success. Between the two games, more than 1,000 people attended and helped raise more than $1,800 for the cause while 133 potential new donors joined the Be the Match Registry.
Both the Giants and Defenders’ basketball teams wore pink shirts for warm-ups and the shirts were also available for purchase. Additionally, Keystone Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Recreation Jason Geadrities, along with Keystone junior Taelor Viviano, spearheaded additional fundraising efforts including a basket raffle and 50-50 drawing which helped generate roughly $1,200 in the battle against breast cancer.
The Giants’ men’s soccer team led by head coach Joe Schneck, along with the Colleges Against Cancer club, Geadrities, and Viviano, coordinated the first-ever Be the Match Donor Drive on the night. Volunteers provided cheek swabs to join the registry to become a potential match for the thousands of people diagnosed each year with life-threatening blood cancers who are need of a transplant. In addition to the 133 people who joined the registry on Wednesday night, approximately $600 in donations were collected for the Be the Match Program.