Alabama Men’s Basketball Coach Avery Johnson will be in Coleman Coliseum Friday night. No, the Crimson Tide’s basketball game against Auburn hasn’t been moved up a day. It will be more personal for Johnson as he and his wife attend the Alabama gymnastics meet against Florida.
The No. 6 Crimson Tide gymnastics team of Coach Dana Duckworth will host No. 3 Florida t 7:30 p.m. Friday in Coleman Coliseum.
While it will be Bama’s fourth top-ten showdown of the season, of great importance to Johnson and many others is that it will be the Crimson Tide’s 13th annual Power of Pink meet to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
Johnson has plenty on his mind with the important Southeastern Conference basketball game againt Auburn Saturday, but something always on his mind is cancer. Both his parents died of the disease, and to the point of Power of Pink, his mother died of breast cancer.
The Power of Pink campaign was started by legendary Bama Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson, and Coleman Coliseum is already bathed in pink in anticipation of the annual event.
“Not only will this be another tremendous meet, but it is an opportunity for us to step out there and compete for something larger than ourselves,” Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. “We’re honored to carry on this vital cause that Sarah Patterson started.”Friday's meet between Alabama and Florida is the Crimson Tide's 25th "pink meet" overall. It also marks the second time the Tide has competed in pink against Florida. The first time Alabama and Florida put aside their school colors for pink leotard was on Jan. 20, 2006, when an overflow crowd of 15,162 filled Coleman Coliseum with pink. Overall, Alabama has competed against 12 different teams in breast cancer awareness meets.
Tickets to the meet are available through the Alabama Ticket Office at ( 205) 348-2262, in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, and online at RollTide.com.