In Women's Basketball Head Coach Julie Rousseau's Own Words:
HIV/AIDS is a topic which affects each of us. It has been described as a pandemic touching various places in the continent of Africa and is a disease affecting millions in our own nation. Each time I hear a new story about someone’s life affected by HIV/AIDS, and each time I learn a new fact about this pandemic, God reinforces in me the need to do something about it, to play my part.
When I learned that 70% of new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States are in African American women I was compelled, as an African American woman, and as a women’s basketball coach, to do something big. The amazing women on the Pepperdine women’s basketball team agree with me.
Last spring, this team participated in an AIDS walk where we heard testimonies from women living with the disease. And then Princess Zulu from Zambia addressed Pepperdine University about the effect this disease is having on her country. Now it’s our turn to give back; to educate others and raise money to fight HIV/AIDS through the entertainment of great women’s basketball.
Please join us on November 17 and 18 as we, with three other nationally ranked teams, take Time Out for HIV/AIDS. This is our vision, our way to make a difference.
Half of the proceeds from this event will go to the fight HIV/AIDS in the United States. Sparrow Village Project, a Hospice in South Africa, will receive the other half. In addition to providing education on HIV/AIDS, Sparrow Village provides a loving place for children dying from HIV/AIDS and other diseases to receive medical care, education and personal warmth as they live their last days.
The Time Out for HIV/AIDS Classic is an opportunity for the Pepperdine student body and our local community to come hear more and give more to fighting this disease. Education is power and I believe if people know better, then they will do better and make wiser decisions in their lives.
Please join us November 17 and 18 to make a difference!
From Coach Julie Rousseau
Pepperdine's women's basketball team will host the inaugural Time Out for HIV/AIDS Classic four-game tournament with the hope of raising money and awareness of HIV/AIDS through the entertainment of quality women’s basketball.
The event will feature special silent auction items from Carlos Santana and others, special events, and more. Olympian Carl Lewis will also be in attendance.
Pepperdine welcomes three top collegiate women’s basketball teams for the Nov. 17 and 18 tournament: University of Florida, University of California at Berkeley, and Rutgers University. The Time Out for HIV/AIDS Classic will tip-off at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, with Cal facing Florida followed by a 7:30 tip-off of Pepperdine vs. Rutgers in Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse. The tournament will conclude Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and 7:30 with the four teams competing for final placement.
Tickets will be available at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Pepperdine faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a $5 donation at the door, in support of the event’s charity.
Pepperdine's Student Government Association (SGA) will provide Jamba Juice for the first 150 Pepperdine students who attend Friday's game beginning at 7 p.m.