Tennessee's "Live Pink, Bleed Orange" game against Vanderbilt on Sunday holds more meaning for Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick.
Warlick's sister, Marion Ferrill, underwent a double mastectomy last November after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
"As my efforts have been to find a cure for everyone, it got real personal this fall," Warlick said Wednesday during the team's media availability. "It has a huge meaning for me on Sunday."
Warlick and former Lady Vol assistant Nikki Caldwell — now LSU's head coach — established the Champions for a Cause organization in 2007. They've crossed the country on motorcycle rides to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Sunday's game is part of the Play 4Kay women's basketball initiative to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Both Tennessee and Vanderbilt will wear different shades of pink uniforms. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and 11,000 T-shirts will be given away at the game, which tips off at 5 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols and Knoxville Ice Bears hockey team have a joint promotion this weekend. Fans attending Saturday night's "Pink in the Rink" game at the Civic Coliseum will receive a $2 discount if they show a ticket stub or proof of purchase of Lady Vols tickets for Sunday. Likewise, Ice Bears ticket holders can show their stubs Sunday to receive $3 off a general admission ticket to the Lady Vols game.
Breast cancer survivor Donna Hardy, the sister of former UT track & field standout Audry Hardy, will present the game ball. Fellow survivors Megan Schmidt and Rhonda Mullins will serve as guest coaches.
And Warlick's sister will be in attendance.
"That is an example to me of being courageous and understanding what you have to do and tackling it head on," Warlick said. "... We're very blessed she made it through."
Foggie Hurt: Vanderbilt guard Christina Foggie suffered a right knee injury during the second half of last Sunday's 75-53 loss to Kentucky and had to be carried to the locker room. She's expected to miss at least seven to 10 days.
Foggie is Vanderbilt's second-leading scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game. The 5-foot-9 junior is the Commodores' most productive 3-point shooter with 57. She scored 22 points in an 83-75 loss to UT on Jan. 24 in Nashville.
Recruiting: Warlick and assistant coaches Kyra Elzy and Jolette Law were in attendance Tuesday at a high school game in South Carolina that featured top 2014 prospects A'ja Wilson and Jatarie White.
Wilson, a 6-4 forward from Hopkins, S.C., is ranked No. 1 in the class by ESPN HoopGurlz. White, a 6-4 post from Charlotte, is ranked No. 12.