NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont softball team is looking to establish a new tradition as part of an old rivalry as the Bruins host Lipscomb this weekend in the first annual Battle of the Boulevard:Pink Edition games for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the critical conference contest, fans will have the opportunity to take part in several additional activities surrounding the games. A sign-up for the Mammogram Bus, which will return to Rose Park and offer mammograms for those interested on May 5th, will be available. T-Shirts commemorating the event will be on sale as well, with all proceeds being donated to breast cancer awareness organizations. A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Nancy Langdon, a breast cancer survivor. Both teams will be wearing pink in support of the quest for a cure. The first game starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday at E.S. Rose Park.
The idea for a breast cancer awareness game started back in the fall of 2010, when the Bruins sported pink t-shirts in a preseason fall game. At the time, Belmont wasn't able to get a regular season pink game organized, but this season, planning began early, with Belmont and Lipscomb, two long-time rivals, coming together to support the cause. As Belmont exits the Atlantic Sun Conference to move to the Ohio Valley Conference next season, the two teams will no longer meet as conference opponents, but will look to continue the rivalry and possibly host a breast cancer awareness game between them every year.
For more information on how the Pink Game got started, please see the interview Belmont Athletics conducted with senior Hannah Irwin last fall about planning the breast cancer awareness game at www.belmontbruins.com.