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NCAA & American Cancer Society Present Second Annual StrikeOut Cancer Night at WCWS

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year, the NCAA is teaming with the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to support the “StrikeOut Cancer” initiative. The StrikeOut Cancer Night presented by AT&T will take place on Tuesday, June 8, during Game 2 of the finals of the 2010 NCAA Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

As part of the initiative, the NCAA will donate one dollar for every ticket sold that evening, with the proceeds directed to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society. The ceremonial first pitch will also be thrown by Megan Melott, a rowing student-athlete from the University of Tulsa and a cancer survivor. In addition, spectators attending the game will be asked to wear pink in support of “StrikeOut Cancer.” The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern. 

“The NCAA Women’s College World Series is proud to support the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society and its dedication to combating this devastating disease,” said Sharon Cessna, NCAA director of championships. “Supporting the American Cancer Society reflects the NCAA’s commitment to helping the Oklahoma City community that hosts our championship every year.” 

“We are happy to partner with the NCAA, the NFCA and AT&T to promote the ‘StrikeOut Cancer’ initiative,” said Sara Smith, American Cancer Society of Oklahoma regional communications director. “This relationship will increase awareness about the early detection and prevention of cancer and allow us to celebrate the lives of those who have survived.” 

The 2009 initiative recognized 25 cancer survivors in attendance at the opening game and the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by a local Oklahoma City cancer survivor. 

For more information on the NCAA Women’s College World Series and where to purchase tickets, log on to www.ncaa.com/wcws. 

About the NCAA 
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. 

About The American Cancer Society 
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. 

About AT&T 
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T │DIRECTVSM brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine. 

-Courtesy of the NCAA