Hoops for the cure

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- Old Dominion Lady Monarchs head coach Karen Barefoot is strong in her beliefs about cancer. “I really believe we are close to finding a cure for breast cancer.”

The belief is so strong that she wants to help do what she can to fight this deadly disease and that is the motivation behind tomorrow nights big event.  “It is the most exciting event of the year. Its our 12th annual Hoops for the Cure. We get to honor the survivors, that is my favorite moment of the night. Right before tipoff. very emotional.”

Emotional for many reasons, one being the memory of former assistant coach Sara Jones who lost a 12 year battle with breast cancer one year ago tomorrow. Barefoot says,  “Our former assistant, Sara Jones was such a big role model in the community and she fought it for 12 years and she showed us that with the right attitude, cancer is not going to define you. You can live your life, stay passionate and continue to focus on your dreams and goals and you would have never known she has cancer.”

Barefoot also believes her team is stronger for being involved in events like this. “There’s a message there. I think its made us a better team because we know that no matter what, you keep moving and you stay positive. You keep living your dreams no matter what.”

And when ODU fans pack the Ted Saturday night wearing all pink, Barefoot, who likes to play aggressive wants to do the same in the fight against breast cancer.  “We just want to put the full court press on and beat cancer. And that’s what it’s all about.”

The 12th annual Hoops for the Cure game against UTEP gets underway at 7:00 pm.

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