COLUMBIA — In Friday’s gymnastics meet you won’t see Missouri wearing the usual black and gold, nor the opposing Fighting Illini wearing orange.
What: Missouri gymnastics vs. Illinois
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Hearnes Center
The seventh annual Pink Out game will honor breast cancer survivors and promote breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans receive a free Pink Out T-shirt.
Missouri will hold its seventh annual Pink Out meet to promote breast cancer awareness.
“Anytime a lady gets to wear pink, it’s a good day,” Missouri coach Rob Drass said.
One dollar of every ticket sale will be donated to the University of Missouri Health Care Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
“It’s a way the team can give back that’s visible,” Drass said.
Missouri became the first team to hold a Pink Out event seven years ago. Many schools have followed since, including Illinois.
“When they’re competing, it’s in the back of their mind. These women know what the meet is all about, and they really value that message,” Illinois coach Kim Landrus said.
Illinois held its fourth Pink Meet last week and will participate in MU’s version on Friday.
“For a special meet, you can put away your school colors,” Landrus said. “We come together on the floor all wearing pink.”
Women who have battled breast cancer will be recognized at the beginning of the meet and will serve as celebrity judges for the event.
“We’re doing something for the women in general to help them not have to fight that battle anymore,” Drass said.
Sophomore Sandra Ostad, who comes from Oslo, Norway, appreciates this unique experience.
“In Norway, people give money, but they don’t bring people together in the same way,” Ostad said. “This is being part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”
Pink Out is the teams' most spirited meet of the season, in which both teams are competing against more than gymnastics.
“We’re competing against each other, but more importantly both teams are competing against breast cancer,” junior Mary Burke said.