Idaho Stampede Don Pink Jerseys for A Cause 

And Special Olympics Idaho gears up for games

Real men wear pink.

Courtesy Idaho Stampede

Real men wear pink.

Right about now, we could all use a warm and fuzzy feeling. While we can't deliver it via the weather forecast, we can do it in the humanitarian sort of way.

Idaho Special Olympics is gearing up for the annual Southwest Area Winter Games on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and the Boise State University Rec Center.

On the ski hill, athletes will compete in Alpine skiing, snowboarding and Nordic skiing, and the public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors. Downhill and snowboarding events get going at 10 a.m. on Coaches Corner and the lower portion of Stewart's bowl, with plenty of viewing opportunities from the J.R. Simplot Lodge.

Nordic competition will also start at 10 a.m., and spectators can join in the celebration at the Frontier Point Nordic Lodge.

The action at Boise State will come in the form of the floor hockey tournament, opening ceremonies for which will begin at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with play beginning at 5 p.m. Competition will continue on Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. with matches scheduled throughout the day.

All of the participants in the regional games will automatically be qualified to compete in the Special Olympics State Winter Games, scheduled for Friday, March 1-Saturday, March 2, also at Bogus Basin, so there will be plenty of chances for the public to get in on the action this winter.

Putting on large events requires a lot of volunteers, and there are still openings for volunteers at both the regional and state games. For more information or to check the games schedule, visit the Idaho Special Olympics website at idso.org.

Not to be outdone in the warm-and-fuzzy category, Idaho Stampede players will wear their cause on their backs.

The team will take part in Real Men Wear Pink night for the second year, wearing pink jerseys as they take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. More than just displaying the color that has become synonymous with breast cancer research, the jerseys will be embroidered with the names of those affected by cancer in the Boise area.

The pink jerseys will then be auctioned off as part of an online charity auction supporting the St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute. Money will be used to help provide mammograms for those who can't afford them--especially important considering Idaho ranks last in the nation for mammogram screenings.

For more information visit idahostampede.com.

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