VIKES BASKETBALL: Shoot for the cure a national event

Mike Berg (right) and the UVic Vikes battle UBC in the final home game of the season

Mike Berg (right) and the UVic Vikes battle UBC in the final home game of the season

Tonight’s hardcourt matchup between the UBC Thunderbirds and UVic Vikes is much more than a rivalry between foes.

The double header of men’s and women’s basketball also serves as the final leg of Shoot For A Cure, a national initiative raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Heaps of prizes will be given away throughout both games, including a raffle for four Sarah McLachlan tickets (anyone who wears pink earns an automatic entry).

Other prizes up for grabs are two tickets to the main event of TASTE: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine, a $160 value, as well as a Fairway Market $50 gift certificate.

The night also features belly dancers and the Vikes’ usual third-quarter fan participation game, Tic Tac Go.

A Wall of Hope banner will be hung in the main lobby for fans and athletes to sign.

Victoria is the last of 42 nationwide Shoot For a Cure games. Last year, 36 CIS schools participated raising $94,650 for the CBCF.

UVic and UBC women tip off at 6 p.m., while the men go at 8 p.m. in McKinnon Gymnasium.