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Ceres girls think pink for cancer awareness

The Ceres High girls basketball team is going to have a new look for its game against Weston Ranch on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs won't be wearing their traditional red and white jerseys. Instead, they'll don pink uniforms in honor of "Pink Week," to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

"It's going to be an emotional night," Ceres coach Shawna Nunes said. "Every person you talk to has been affected by this disease."

It'll be even more personal for the Bulldogs. Assistant coach Phil de la Porte's wife Sandy died of breast cancer in 2005. Nunes said the players are wearing the uniforms in her honor.

Ceres High is hoping to fill Phil de la Porte gymnasium with pink. Adults wearing pink get in for $3, while children wearing pink get in for $1.

"We're looking at this as a community event," Nunes said. "We feel it's a very big deal."

Bulldog pins with the pink breast cancer ribbon will be sold, and donations will be taken with the proceeds going toward breast cancer awareness and research.

Games like these will be taking place across the country. But Nunes said she believes Ceres' event is the only high school game of its kind in this area. The Stanislaus State women's team wore pink ribbons and shoelaces in its game against Cal State San Bernardino last Saturday.

"It'll be very emotional," Nunes said. "I've been asked how the kids will play on a night like this.

"But establishing this tradition is more important than one game. It's an important cause."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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