Penguins’ ‘Pink Out’ Game Supports Abdu Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team will host a “Pink Out” game Feb. 2 to benefit the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

In addition to a ceremony recognizing breast cancer survivors and information booths on the concourse, the Penguins will wear pink uniforms, which will be auctioned off after the game.

“So many families are affected by breast cancer, and our team is honored to partner with the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Joanie’s Promise fund to help raise awareness and funds to fight the terrible disease,” YSU head coach John Barnes said in a release. “It’s important for our student athletes to give back to the community while they are here at YSU, and participating in events like this pink game and the Panerathon are certainly worthwhile causes.”

A portion of the proceeds raised will go to the Joanie’s Promise Fund, which ensures the Abdu Center can provide services to Mahoning Valley residents regardless of their ability to pay for services.

“This is really wonderful – how these young women come together to support our cause,” says Dr. Rashid Abdu, who founded the center in honor of his late wife. “The reason we’re able to have this world-class breast care center in our community is because of all of the people who so generously support it. Without them it wouldn’t be possible. And, we’re especially grateful to these young people. They are our future and it is great to see how concerned and generous they are.”

The game tips off at 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center Feb. 2. Tickets are available by calling 330 941 1978 or visiting

For more information on the Abdu Center and Joanie’s Promise, call the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330 729 1180.

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