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RMU Women’s Basketball Player Inspired to Create “Hoops for Hope”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pittsburgh -- The Robert Morris University women’s basketball team has been inspired by one of their own to create a fundraiser called “Hoops for Hope”, benefiting the Glimmer of Hope Foundation. 

Freshman point guard Randi Jackson lost her mother to breast cancer last year. Jackson is now remembering and honoring her mother by fundraising with her teammates and coaches for cause that means so much to her.
 
The Colonials have organized a fundraising event set for Saturday, Feb. 23, when RMU takes the court at 4 p.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson at the Sewall Center Arena. The team will raffle off a Troy Polamalu autographed jersey. In addition, all attendees can  participate in the “Three Point Pledge” to make a pledge to donate a dollar amount for each three-point shot made during both the men’s and women’s competitions on this day.
 
“I am so excited about this event. Breast cancer is something very close to my heart, and my team and I are honored to be a part of this. We hope that the money raised will help women under the standard age of 40 have access to early detection methods if they believe something may be wrong. This disease has unfortunately touched millions of people in one way or another, and we really hope to see the community join us in the fight against breast cancer,” says Jackson.
 
Head women's basketball coach Sal Buscaglia encourages the community to support the events.

“Cancer unfortunately has touched nearly every person in some way. Cancer has been part of us much too long but if we all contribute in the best way we can, it can and will be defeated. We hope that Pittsburgh will come out and show support of our teams Hoops for Hope Initiative."
 
All funds raised throughout the Hoops for Hope events will be donated to The Glimmer of Hope Foundation. These funds will then be donated directly to an elite cancer research program through West-Penn Allegheny Healthcare System. 

For online donations and raffle ticket sales, please visit : http://www.razoo.com/story/Troy-Polamalu-Jersey-Raffle-For-Hoops-For-Hope

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.