KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For the 11th time since 2009, the Oregon Tech Owls basketball teams will host their storied Pink Out Game. A chance for players, coaches and fans alike to recognize somethings are bigger than basketball.
The Pink Out Game at Oregon Tech was started as a way to honor former university president Martha Anne Dow who died in 2007 after a battle with breast cancer. The Pink Out Game raises money for cancer research and the Martha Anne Dow Endowed Scholarship.
"If you talk to anybody they just have wonderful things to say about her and her family and how great of a job she did here at Oregon Tech. And she was a huge basketball fan," men's basketball head coach and former Hustlin' Owl player Justin Parnell said.
The doubleheader game is a fitting tribute for the noted basketball fanatic and it's something players look forward to playing in every year.
"To play in Pink Out games makes you think about what's bigger than basketball and it gives everybody a chance to play for something bigger than the game, bigger than themselves," senior women's basketball player Abby Kreiser said.
And the games mean more. With it being pretty much the highest-attended basketball game every year for OIT, the Hustlin' Owls want to make sure they bring their A-game.
"It's a pride thing," Parnell said. "We're not losing on Pink Out night. We're going to create an amazing atmosphere for our players and our fans and we're doing a really amazing thing at the same time."
The first 1,000 fans receive a pink t-shirt. The women's basketball game tips off at 5:30 pm with the men's game right after at 7:30 pm at Danny Miles Court in Klamath Falls.