JSU Basketball Team Supporting Fight Against Cervical Cancer
The month of January is National Cervical Cancer Month. Coincidentally, it is also one of the most action packed months of the basketball season. Thanks to one JSU student the game of basketball and the color teal have come together.
Last year JSU senior Terri Shaw lost her aunt after a bout with Uterine cancer. The death was painful, but also a turning point in her life. Uterine cancer is one of the five major gynecologic cancers and Shaw made it her mission to fulfill her aunt’s last desire.
After attending a JSU basketball game earlier this season, Shaw got the idea to use the game to help spread awareness of cervical cancer. Her idea was simple but profound. Have the team where teal shoelaces which would support the cause and spark the conversations needed to bring awareness. She got in touch with JSU assistant coach Tom Schuberth and the team was quickly on board.
Shaw says the role sports can play in bringing light to cervical cancer was a big factor in her decision. Shaw says it brings extra joy that her school is helping with the cause… Head coach James Green says the move also helps the team understand its influence and send a positive message of hope.
The Gamecocks wore the teal laces in their game on Saturday. They will also wear them this Thursday night as they host Tennessee State. You can support the awareness of cervical cancer month by picking up a ribbon and information package at the front gate of Pete Matthews Coliseum on game day. Also, www.choosehope.com for more information.