Meeting up with international icon and UT fan Lance Armstrong
At the recent Texas-Texas Tech men's basketball game (Jan. 26), several of the Texas women's basketball players got a chance to chat with cyclist great Lance Armstrong, an Austin resident, international icon and huge Longhorns fan.
"Lance was really nice and took the time to talk to us about our team. He's a big celebrity in Austin and he loves the Longhorns," said freshman Kat Nash.
"It was really awesome to meet Lance and get a chance to talk to him and take a photo with him," noted Rachel Rentschler, speaking of the seven-time Tour de France cycling champion and cancer survivor. "He is a legend and to battle back from what he did with his cancer and to win all those races, well, he's a big inspiration to all of us."
"Lance is doing a lot of work with his foundation and raising millions to try and wipe out cancer, and that's a great thing," sophomore guard Brittainey Raven said. "It was awesome to meet him in person. We understand the importance of raising awareness of cancer. All of women's college basketball is participating in a huge `Think Pink' initiative this month in order to raise awareness and to raise research funds to stamp out breast cancer."
The "Think Pink/Pack the House" initiative in Austin will take place next Wednesday, Feb. 13 when the Texas women host Baylor in a Big 12 showdown. That game, which starts at 8 p.m. Central, will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Fans coming to the Frank Erwin Center that night are asked to wear pink in helping awareness of breast cancer and assistance in education and research to stamp out the disease.