Pink Zone

The College of Science is proud of our role in facilitating and participating in partnerships with leading academic, medical, educational, social, and athletic activities on the Notre Dame campus and across the community aimed at improving conditions for people at home and around the world. We partner with the women's basketball team and other community and clinic efforts in the common cause of women's health.

"Our collaboration with the Notre Dame women's basketball team through the Pink Zone initiative is to assist women in our community who cannot afford breast cancer screenings and mammograms. It is a natural outgrowth of our commitment in the College of Science to research aimed at overcoming this disease.” - Dean Greg Crawford

2015 Events

RecSports 24 Hour Spin-A-Thon

Pink Sneakers

Friday, January 30, 12:00 p.m. to Saturday, January 31, 12:00 p.m.
Rockne Memorial Cycling Studio, B026

Ride for a cause!  RecSports is teaming up with Notre Dame Women's Basketball, the College of Science and Knollwood Country Club in an effort to fight breast cancer.  Ride for one, two or all 24 hours! The goal is to fill all 20 bikes for 24 hours. Free food, giveaways, and entertainment will be provided. Vist the RecSports website to learn more.

Sign-up by the hour online and make your donation via RecRegister.

Knollwood Country Club 24 Hour Spin-A-Thon


Friday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. to Saturday, January 31, 3:00 p.m.
Knollwood Country Club, Granger

GOAL: Fill all 24 bikes for the entire 24 hours and raise $30,000!

Knollwood Country Club is partnering with Notre Dame Women’s Basketball, the College of Science and Notre Dame RecSports in an effort to fight breast cancer. Please contact Kellie Sade or Rhonda Bremer  with questions. For more information on Pink Zone, visit


  • Bronze bikes: $50/hour
  • Silver bikes: $75/hour
  • Gold bikes: $100/hour

Checks can be made payable to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Foundation or RiverBend Cancer Services.

View the event postcard (576 kb PDF).

Pink Zone Brunch

Pink Zone Luncheon

Sunday, February 1
10:00 a.m.
Club Naimoli
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

Lynn Flanagan, 2015 PinkZone Brunch featured speaker

The brunch will bring together local oncologists, researchers, survivors, as well as patients and their families. This special event will honor the doctors and researchers who are passionate about preventing breast cancer and searching for a cure. Lynn Flanagan, University of Notre Dame alumna, breast cancer survivor and advocate, will be the featured speaker. The brunch precedes the annual Notre Dame women’s basketball Pink Zone game and game tickets are included with the brunch. The luncheon precedes the annual Notre Dame women’s basketball Pink Zone game and game tickets are included with the luncheon.

All proceeds from the Pink Zone brunch will benefit the WBCA Pink Zone initiative, a global, unified effort of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise awareness and support for women with breast cancer. While we give 20% of our donations to the National Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the other 80% of donations stay here in our community. By teaming with The Foundation of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center for Secret Sisters Society®, Young Survivors and Women's Task Force, we are able to further an educational program that promotes early detection, supportive care, and survivorship.  Along with these efforts, donations provide free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings for those who financially qualify. This year, we have joined in partnership with Riverbend Cancer Services. This local facility offers a warm, welcoming place filled with helpful people and programs for cancer survivors and families in the South Bend community who are living with a cancer diagnosis.

9:30 a.m. Doors Open (enter through Gate 9)
10:00 a.m. Brunch Begins
11:00 a.m. Featured Speaker Lynn Flanagan
11:45 a.m. Brunch Concludes
1:00 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest


Luncheon options:

$1,000 Sponsorship of a table for ten and recognition in the luncheon program
$150  Lunch for two
$100  Lunch for one

2015 Pink Zone brunch invitation (331 kb PDF)
2015 Pink Zone brunch RSVP card (258 kb PDF)

Please RSVP by January 23, 2015. Contact Kim Kirkpatrick at (574) 631-3136 with any questions or to RSVP for the event.

Past Events

Charity Golf Classic Outing

Notre Dame Women's Basketball is teaming up with Knollwood Country Club once again for their annual Charity Classic Golf Outing. This year, they have chosen Pink Zone to be one of the three charities they will donate to. Coach McGraw and some of the assistants will be golfing in this very special event!

Date: August 24, 2012
Location: Knollwood Country Club, Granger

Dodgeball Tournament

Pink Zone dodgeball tournament

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Rolfs Sports Recreation Center

Play dodgeball, fight cancer! 

All members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities are welcome to form a 6-8 person team and participate in the dodgeball tournament. Only six people can play at one time, but extra players will act as substitutes.

Teams are asked to raise a minimum of $30 in order to enter the tournament, although we encourage you to raise as much money as you can.  Money will be collected during team check-in on the day of the tournament. The team that raises the most money will receive a prize. There will also be a costume contest to see which team can wear the most pink and a prize will be awarded.

The winning team of the final round will be honored during the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 2. 

All teams must register by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29.  For more information about this event, please review the tournament overview document.  If you have any questions or concerns about the dodgeball tournament, contact  Ashley Barraza.

Cancer Research at Notre Dame


Notre Dame Science is engaged in cancer research on a broad range of fronts, from genetics to computation, aimed at translating tools of healing into society. Learn more (2.2MB PDF) about how the College of Science is fighting for the health of our community.