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Women Host Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament


MALIBU, Calif. – In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team is hosting a tournament on Friday, Nov. 23 – Nov. 24, to “Count your blessings and help thy neighbor.”


The tournament, now in its second year has traditionally focused on promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. However, this year in conjunction with the Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS theme, the team has chosen to use their tournament as an avenue for sports fans, neighbors and friends to donate funds to the Malibu Presbyterian Church. The Church fell victim to the Malibu fires and was completely destroyed on Sunday, Oct. 21.


“I think it’s important that as a university and a community, we reach out to our less fortunate neighbors during this time of thanks and do what we can to bring joy back into their lives,” said Rousseau. “Losing their place of worship has been devastating to not only many of our community members, but much of student population as well.”


Rousseau and the Waves women’s basketball team have a long standing tradition of giving back to their community and others in need. On Thanksgiving Day, after a two-hour morning practice, the team will travel to Los Angeles to help feed the homeless. In addition to their tournament, the team participated in a walk to raise funds and awareness for the Lymphoma / Leukemia Society in early October.


As in the past, at each time out during the Waves games, a celebrity or team member will read a fact pertaining to HIV/AIDS. At the opposing team’s games, audience members will be invited to share a reason why they are thankful this holiday season.


“HIV/AIDS is a disease that affects all of us.  It has been described as a pandemic touching various places, not only in India and the continent of Africa, but it has literally traveled to every corner of the world.  It has even crashed American shores.  Each time I hear a new story about someone’s life affected by this disease and each time I learn a new fact about this pandemic, God reinforces in me the need to do something, to play my part,” said Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau.


The first game of the tournament gets underway on Friday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. with Ol’ Miss vs. Wisconsin. At 3:30 p.m., Pepperdine takes on Texas-Arlington.




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