Tonight, the 12 girls will meet at Hart-Hinek's home in Kottinger Ranch for a "pink power party." With their coaches, they'll make lists of obstacles they're facing that they can "pink" to overcome, much like breast cancer survivors hope to do. One girl wants to help a friend who's being bullied at middle school, so she plans to pink the problem into remission. Another finds algebra too tough to comprehend. She'll apply a bit of pink on her homework schedule to do more and overcome the difficulty. The pink party will last until everyone is done. Then the written objectives will be secured and read allowed at a rally with parents after the Breakaway's game with the RAGE Blasters on Saturday. The names of the writers won't be revealed but it's likely to be a lively meeting about obstacles the girls -- using pink power -- hope to overcome.
Hart-Hinek said the girls and their games will continue to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other cancer research efforts. Cancer in various forms has affected almost all of the girls' families. Hart-Hinek's mother-in-law was suffering from lung cancer last year; another coach's mother died of ovarian cancer this year. The 12 Breakaways understand the risks of cancer; they also find their chosen color pink suitable for solving problems affecting their age group, too.
I'll be back next week with a report on the kinds of problems these girls plan to "pink" tonight.
Clarification: Scott Emmert, director of media relations for the San Jose Sharks, took issue with the wording in last week's column ("Senior housing, but no Sharks on Staples Ranch," Oct. 7, p. 3) that San Jose Arena Management's "financial difficulties" were a reason for SJAM to put off plans to build an ice arena on Staples Ranch in Pleasanton. Emmert said SJAM and the Sharks have no financial difficulties.
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