Pink will be added to the blue and white of Miami High School Friday night when the Lady Wardogs battle Locust Grove in a Verdigris Valley Conference basketball game.

MHS is participating in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone initiative to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Activities will be held nationwide through Feb. 22.

More than 1,200 teams and organizations participated in 2008, reaching more than 830,000 fans while raising more than $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

The NCAA and NJCAA joined the WBCA Pink Zone initiative by implementing the “Calling for a Cure” campaign where all NCAA women’s basketball officials used a pink whistle. Additionally, officials are being encouraged to make a donation to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Yow died Jan. 24 after facing her third bout with breast cancer since the initial diagnosis in 1987.

The former head women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State, was a past president and founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and a galvanizing voice for the Association.

“The WBCA and girl’s basketball is a powerful force with a strong platform and a respected voice,” Miami girls’ coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “We can make a significant difference in the fight against cancer while also teaching our students the power of involvement in a mission that can change the world as we know it.”

The Lady Wardogs’ will wear pink warm-ups and they will have pink shoestrings. Coaches also will wear pink.

Morgan is encouraging all attending the game to wear pink.

“The WBCA and girl’s basketball is a powerful force with a strong platform and a respected voice,” Miami girls’ coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “We can make a significant difference in the fight against cancer while also teaching our students the power of involvement in a mission that can change the world as we know it.”

The Lady Wardogs’ will wear pink T-shirts and Morgan is encouraging all attending the game to wear pink.

 “We’d like to invite anyone in the area who is a breast cancer survivor to attend, as they will be honored during breaks in the game, time outs, and halftime,” Morgan said. “We’ve asked Locust Grove to participate, too.”

Breast cancer survivors in attendance will receive a pink carnation.

The game also is homecoming for MHS.

The boys’ game will be played first, starting at 6:30 p.m. Coronation ceremonies will be between games.

Northeastern A&M will hold its own Pink Zone night on Feb. 19, when the Lady Norse host Eastern.