Greg Hire: Perth Wildcats Pink Game shows the real battles

Trevor Gleeson walks from the court with his wife Dawn and their daughter Shae after winning last year's Pink Game against the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Trevor Gleeson walks from the court with his wife Dawn and their daughter Shae after winning last year's Pink Game against the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

THERE are particular games during the season that you highlight or have more significance than others; for me Heritage Round is always a favourite and any time you go against a team that won a championship the previous season.

Whilst we have a very important job in playing against the Brisbane Bullets on Thursday night, we have a very quick turnaround as we play against Melbourne United on Saturday in a game that is very special for many reasons.

The club is proudly supporting Breast Cancer WA for a special Pink Game. It’s an event that we created last year and are proud to build on as a tradition. Players and coaching staff will don pink uniforms and attire and something that I’m very excited about is that all players will be wearing pink shoes in support of this fantastic cause.

Our head coach Trevor Gleeson and his wife Dawn are the passion behind the theme. Dawn has battled through two cancer fights and it’s always moving talking to her.

Her zest for life is clearly evident and whilst she will never speak fondly of herself, her courage and strength during those challenging times is something that I truly admire.

To see our loyal fan base get behind this fantastic cause is also something I love; to look up in the stands and see 13,000 fans in pink, away from the traditional red, is something pretty cool.

We expect a determined response from Brisbane as they were publicly challenged by their own players and having a quick turnaround against Melbourne will only make the task at hand a little more difficult; but putting it into perspective, it’s no comparison to the many that are diagnosed with breast cancer and the difficulties they face.