Pink Out U17 girls basketball tour­na­ment set for Satur­day

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE fourth edi­tion of the Pink Out Oc­to­ber Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Un­der-17 girls’ basketball tour­na­ment will be held at Eve­line High School on Satur­day.

The tour­na­ment is or­gan­ised by iBelieve Sports Academy, a Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion with, whose vi­sion is to im­pact and change lives through sports.

It is aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness of the dis­ease, its causes, preven­tion, di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and cure.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, can­cer aware­ness of­fi­cials and doc­tors will address par­tic­i­pants on is­sues con­cern­ing breast can­cer.

“The tour­na­ment will also of­fer in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to those af­fected by breast can­cer. The dis­ease has been on the in­crease in Zim­babwe so our main aim is to send the mes­sage through sport.

“We be­lieve sport has a huge role in fight­ing this dis­ease and we hope peo­ple will come in num­bers to sup­port us in this wor­thy cause,” said founder of iBelieve Sports Academy Allen Takudzwa Mavunga.

“We have been hold­ing this event since Oc­to­ber 2013 and over 1 000 girls have been im­pacted by this event thus far. iBelieve Sports Academy be­lieves in the girl child and that they should be up­lifted,” he said.

Twelve schools will take part in the tour­na­ment and each team will be re­quired to pay an af­fil­i­a­tion fee of $70 that will go towards pay­ment of the of­fi­cials and pur­chas­ing of medals.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Can­cer Registry’s 2015 sta­tis­tics, can­cer cases have been on the in­crease with cer­vi­cal can­cer be­ing ram­pant at 18 per­cent with breast can­cer in­creas­ing by seven per­cent — @ khumza­llen.

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