By Julia Block, Copy Editor
Middlesex County College hosted a Pink Out at the men’s and women’s basketball games on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the main gym in the Physical Education Center to help spread cancer awareness.
Derrick Johnson, the director of the Athletics and Recreation department, said that the event is organized by the athletics and nursing departments to raise funds for chemotherapy for local cancer patients.
Ibn Lynn, one of the men’s basketball players at MCC, said, “I think it’s a good event for the basketball team, and people go through this [fight with cancer] with their families. It’s a good opportunity to raise awareness.”
Thomas Peterson, director of marketing communications, said that players of the MCC’s volleyball and softball teams helped work a bake sale and collect donations throughout the event.
Gabriela Agosto, a female basketball player at MCC, said, “[Pink Out] brings everyone from the community together to watch a game like basketball while everyone is supporting breast cancer at the same time; [it] is a wonderful idea. Sports plus cancer awareness equals big crowd.”
According to the MCC website, both the women’s and men’s basketball came out victorious in their games on Pink Night; the women won 94-91 and the men won 91-80.
During the introduction to the women’s basketball game, Johnson also said how this Pink Night was especially significant for Morgan Brody, a female basketball player who lost her mother to cancer a week prior to the Pink Out event.
“We were always a family. We went in together, and we said that we’re playing for my mom, which was really touching. The other team was fighting, and we were like, ‘no, we’re sticking together as [a] family.’ I never wanted to give up. Even at our worst, we’re always family. We’re always going to stick together,” said Brody.
Carey Monkowski, the assistant director of Athletics and Recreation department, said that many students from Saint Augustine of Canterbury School in Kendall Park also attended and showed support for the Pink Out event.