Sue Bird

The race for the WNBA Playoffs is intensifying on the court, but that isn't stopping the women's hoops league from continuing its philanthropic tradition. WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week kicks off Sunday, Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 23, the final day of the regular season.

The centerpiece of the week is a pair of nationally televised games on ESPN2. The San Antonio Silver Stars, who have clinched a postseason spot, will host the New York Liberty, who are fighting for their playoff lives, on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c. And on the final day of the season, the Phoenix Mercury visit the playoff-bound Seattle Storm (Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3/2c). There will also be 10 additional games airing on NBA TV. Players on the home teams will air special pink and white uniforms to mark the occasion.

Each of the league's 12 teams will host on-site events at their home arenas to celebrate local cancer survivors and distribute educational materials about breast cancer. A special auction (which includes autographed pink and white basketballs donated by the teams) begins Monday to raise money for WNBA Cares, the league's charitable foundation. For more information about the initiative, and to see the full schedule of games and events, visit wnba.com.

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