Bridgeport Basketball Set To Host Its Second Annual "Donate Life" Games This Saturday, February 11th
Bridgeport, Conn. - On Saturday, February 11,
2012, the University of Bridgeport women's and men's basketball
teams will be hosting an East Coast Conference doubleheader in UB's
Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium versus Queens (N.Y.) College. Those two
contests have been designated as "Donate Life" games, as all
proceeds from the day (all tickets sales and a variety of raffles)
will be donated to the Donate Life Connecticut organization to help
raise awareness about organ and tissue donations to help save
This event is the second annual UB Basketball "Donate Life" games, and it is the brainchild of second-year Bridgeport head women's basketball coach Stephanie Del Preore to honor her late father who passed away in 2002 after a courageous battle with liver and kidney disease.
Stated coach Del Preore, "I'm so proud of how thing went at last year's inaugural "Donate Life" event as we raised over $1,600 for Donate Life Connecticut. This year things are going to be even bigger and better as we have a great selection of items to raffle off. The community support both on and off campus has been great. Now we just need to get some folks in the stands. In 2002, I lost my father to a battle with liver and kidney disease. In 1996 he received a double liver/kidney transplant which prolonged his life six more years. I was fortunate to have him at every basketball game I played from middle school to high school, and then my freshman and sophomore year at Marist College. Losing him was the worst thing I've ever went through, and basketball was my outlet. I always said that when I became a head coach I was going to do something to honor my father, my hero and my inspiration."
Action will get underway this Saturday with the women's game at 1:00 p.m. followed by the men's game at approximately 3:00 p.m. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $5 for adults and $ 2 for senior and children. All tickets sales from the afternoon will benefit Donate Life Connecticut
Representatives from Donate Life Connecticut will be at the game to answer any questions fans have about their organization and about how to become and organ and tissue donor.
Throughout the day, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets with all monies raised going to Donate Life Connecticut. Prizes, which will be drawn at both the women's and men's game, include New York Yankees tickets, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Bridgeport Bluefish tickets, a variety of hotels stays throughout New England, gift baskets plus many gift cards to both local and national retailers and restaurants.
For more information on the University of Bridgeport basketball "Donate Life" games, please contact head coach Stephanie Del Preore at 203-576-4728.
For more information on the Donate Life program and how to register to be an organ and tissue donor, please visit the Donate Life Connecticut website at www.ctorganandtissuedonation.org.
Provided by the Bridgeport Sports Information Department.