TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — No. 5-ranked Alabama will take on No. 15 Kentucky tonight at 7:30 in its ninth annual Power of Pink meet.
“This is going to be another amazing Power of Pink meet,” Tide head coach Sarah Patterson said. “To be able to look up into the stands and see everyone dressed in pink and supporting the fight against breast cancer in this way is pretty amazing. It’s something our ladies really look forward to.”
Landmarks all over campus and throughout the Tuscaloosa community have been lit in pink in anticipation of Friday’s meet, including Coleman Coliseum, Denny Chimes, the Bama Theatre and the Harrison Gallery. Inside the Coliseum on Friday night, Patterson encourages everyone to “Think pink and wear pink” in support of the cause. Before the meet, 18 breast cancer survivors will be introduced in tandem with the Alabama gymnasts, a tradition that is now in its fourth year.
“On this night, the ladies put aside their honors and accolades, and they’re introduced one at a time, with a survivor,” Patterson said. “Last year the woman who was introduced with Geralen (Stack-Eaton) said `They didn’t mention your championships.’ And Geralen said “Oh no ma’am, tonight it’s about you, you’re the champion.’ And I think that says it all.”
Kentucky is off to a strong start this season at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference competition and is coming off back-to-back wins over SEC foes Auburn and Arkansas.