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Sixers to hold "Go Red Night" on February 11 to raise awareness for heart disease - 2/8/2011

Sixers to wear red road jerseys at home in support of heart health for women

Philadelphia, Pa. – February 8, 2010 – In an effort to generate awareness and educate their fans about the dangers and seriousness of heart disease, the Philadelphia 76ers will host “Go Red Night” at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, February 11, when they host the San Antonio Spurs at 7:00 p.m. The evening, which is being sponsored by Main Line Health, will focus on the American Heart Association’s nationwide “Go Red for Women” campaign, which educates women about heart health.

During the game, the Sixers will wear their red road uniforms, and coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will wear red ties and Go Red pins to support the cause.

“Heart health is a cause that truly hits home for me,” said Janice Faulkner, the mother of Sixers guard Lou Williams and Go Red Night spokesperson. “With the birth of Lou’s daughter in December, I have a new reason to go heart healthy. I’m proud to support this cause and hope all Sixers fans will too by wearing red to the game and learning more about this vital initiative.”

At Go Red Night, representatives from Main Line Health and the American Heart Association will host concourse activities to teach women about heart health, as well as a “Go Red Diva” photo station to remember the night’s events and Go Red cause. The Sixers will also offer 25 percent off any red items in Fan Gear for Go Red Night only (jerseys excluded).

Prior to the game, women from the Sixers Ladies, Sixers front office, Comcast-Spectacor and media will join together to walk the Wells Fargo Center concourse in support of heart health through exercise before enjoying a healthy lunch and interactive presentation from Shelley Hickey, RN, MSN, of Main Line Health. The walk will take place at noon on Friday, February 11.

"As more than 30 percent of women still don't recognize that heart disease is their greatest health threat, and, as women are less likely then men to seek treatment for heart attack symptoms, Main Line Health hopes Go Red Night at the Sixers will help to raise awareness and empower women to take charge of their heart health", said Main Line Health Women's Heart Initiative ambassador, Shelley Hickey, RN, MSN.

Main Line Health is the official healthcare partner for the Philadelphia 76ers. Through the partnership, Team Medical Director Dr. Jack McPhilemy works with Main Line Health’s physician specialists to coordinate the team’s healthcare needs.

As the Philadelphia Goes Red local premier partner of the American Heart Association, Main Line Health also works with the AHA to create a movement that will educate, inspire and empower women from across the region to take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 health disease women face. In addition, As a leader in providing superior cardiovascular care to the Delaware Valley, Main Line Health recently announced a new heart initiative, focusing specifically on the unique issues facing women, that launched in May 2009.

Tickets for this game start at just $10, and Family Packs (four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas/waters) start at $59.