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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

SCCC Royals "Stand Up To Cancer"

The Schenectady County Community College Women's and Men's Basketball Teams hosted a "Stand Up To Cancer Day" on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Schenectady YMCA, 433 State St. Both teams faced Clinton Community College during a special home game day. The women tipped off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m.

SCCC athletes wore pink to show their support for cancer research and to pay tribute to cancer survivors and those who have passed away from cancer. Spectators were encouraged to wear blue and pink to show their support also. Admission was $2 for adults and $1 for students (with a student ID) and the Royals sold pink wristbands. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

There were games, prizes, raffles, and a half-court shot contest with winners receiving gift cards to local businesses. Also, a special banner honoring those affected by cancer was displayed.

This is the first time that the Royals hosted the "Stand Up To Cancer Day," something that Head Coach Dayna Torino would like to see as an annual event during the first home game for both teams. "I really feel that being a college athlete is not only about being part of a team; it's also about giving back to the community," Torino said. "The women's and men's teams are motivated and enthusiastic about making our Stand Up To Cancer Day as beneficial as possible to anyone affected by cancer."

Dr. Martha Asselin, Vice President of Student Affairs, praised the Royals for their community service. "We delight in seeing our talented student-athletes wear the SCCC colors of royal blue and gold," she said. "We are most proud to see their colors of commitment also include pink. Our women and men athletes are clearly expressing the desire to heighten awareness about early detection and breast cancer."

For more information, please contact Dayna Torino at (518)221-7723.

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