Feb. 13, 2013
By: Jonathan Schillace, Seminoles.comValentines Day will not be roses and chocolate candies for the Women's Basketball team as they face NC State, knowing the wolf pack are coming to Tallahassee for revenge.
"It's going to be a big game for us. We beat them at their home and now we're playing at home and we need to make sure we protect our court," said Cheetah Delgado. "It's also our [Paint It] Pink game which is big for me knowing I lost my mother to breast cancer."
Junior Year of high school Cheetah Delgado's mother lost her battle. Now in the third year of the Paint It Pink campaign the women's basketball hopes that their efforts may help in the future so that others won't have to be in the same situation.
"I love that Cheetah has an opportunity to play in this game. It really serves as a purpose to her in honoring her mom," said Coach Sue Semrau. "[Cheetah is] doing whatever she can to put other people, other young women, in her situation in a place that...maybe they won't have to endure."
Unfortunately Cheetah was not the only one on the team that had to endure a loss of a love one due to breast cancer. Lauren Coleman lost her grandmother as well. Coleman feels lucky to be on a team that does so much to help fight this disease.
"It's something pretty important to me," said Lauren Coleman. "It's just a reminder to everyone that it's a big thing out there and we need to continue to acknowledge it and I think it's great that we support it."
And both players know as they strap on their pink jerseys, it'll be time to play for their loved ones.
"It get's emotional and it will be touching," said Cheetah. "But at the end of the day it's a game that I need to go out and play hard."
The Paint it Pink event is more than just for awareness, the campaign raises money for early detection in order to treat cancer at a more earlier stage. The Women's Basketball team will Paint it Pink against NC State on February 14 at 7pm. At the Basketball Training Center, Jonathan Schillace, Seminoles.com