Press Box

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Department is partnering with the Marquette General Foundation for a day-long benefit for the Marquette General Cancer Center in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  On Saturday, Oct. 30, “The Pink Experience” will be the theme for all events on the NMU campus that day.  All net proceeds from all events will be gifted to the Marquette General Breast Cancer Care program.   

According to Brian Gaudreau, associate director programming for intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports, this is another way that NMU can engage the community.  “Our focus has been community engagement over the past few years. This is just another great opportunity to form a partnership with Marquette General Health System (MGHS),” said Gaudreau.  “To do what we can to raise money and awareness for cancer research.”   

The day will begin with the NMU swimming and diving team taking on Hillsdale College at 11 a.m., PEIF Pool.  Admission is free to the meet as members of the team will wear pink caps.  Next on the agenda is the soccer game between the Wildcats and the Michigan Tech Huskies at noon, the NMU Soccer Field (located between the Superior Dome and the lake).  Admission is also free for the game.  The NMU soccer team will don pink jerseys for the game.

At 3 p.m. there will be a walk in the Superior Dome which will be led by NMU President Les Wong and MGHS President and CEO A. Gary Muller.  The walk is free and open to the public.  Selected NMU student-athletes along with cancer survivors will participate in the walk.

The final event of the day is the hockey game against the Ohio State Buckeyes with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.  A ceremonial puck drop will take place with Wong, Muller and cancer survivors representing NMU and MGHS.  Tickets are available for the game at $12 each. The NMU hockey team will wear pink jerseys along with the referees.  After the game there will be an auction of the player’s jerseys with a minimum bid of $100 per jersey.         

The Berry Events Center will be decorated in pink for the game.  Other activities at the game include recognition of cancer survivors at the first intermission, chuck-a-puck, 50/50 ticket sale and the night’s sponsor mBank is challenging the NMU men’s basketball and the track and field teams to a coin change drive during the game.   Athletes will be available post-game for autographs and jersey signings.

“The Pink Experience” t-shirts will be available at all events for $10.  The shirts are also available at the Cats Corner gift shop inside the Superior Dome, at the Recreational Center in the PEIF and at the Marquette General Foundation office. 

For more information on the day, please contact the Marquette General Foundation at 906-225-6914 or 866-906-6914 or by e-mail (

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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director