Before you get all pink-ed out for your PINK-OUT game, here’s a little reminder on why we wear pink and how you can do more!!!
Tis the season….it’s PINK-TOBER! This past weekend, we started seeing big burly football players sporting pink sweatbands, gloves and tall socks on the gridiron, cheerleaders cheering on their respective football teams with bright, shiny, pink pom-pons and firetrucks decked out in pink driving the streets as they answered emergency calls.
It’s so easy to jump on the PINK bandwagon, I mean who doesn’t love a good trend, but let’s be reminded why we are actually wearing PINK. It’s not to keep up with the latest fashion trends or to show that men and boys can be in touch with their feminine sides. We wear PINK during the month of October to show our support for breast cancer patients and survivors.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2015, an estimated 300,000 new cases of breast cancer (invasive and non-invasive) are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. Those numbers alone should get everyone’s attention. They tend to sometimes get lost as we are focusing our attentions on what is the cutest accessory to jazz up our uniforms for the annual PINK-OUT game or event.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by charities every October in an effort to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures. The campaign focuses a lot of their efforts and support to those who are directly affected by breast cancer.
A variety of events around the world are organized, including walks and runs and the pink illumination of buildings across skylines all over the world. The National Football League also participates through their campaign called “A Crucial Catch,” which focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Many NFL players, coaches and referees will represent the campaign by wearing pink apparel at their games. Branding of the PINK ribbon will be seen on football fields and in stadiums across the country as well.
So how can you be involved in the cause more than just styling yourself up in PINK? The Susan G. Komen Foundation hosts a plethora of Race for the Cure events throughout the U.S. each fall. There are plenty of opportunities for drill teams and cheer squads to show their support at these events because Komen is a non-profit organization that is always looking for volunteers. Here’s an idea – Have your social officers or squad captains search ways in which your team can volunteer to pass out waters to the runners who race in your city or state or how about signing your team up to actually participate in the race. It will be a great team building activity and you are sure to feel good that you have done something in your community that is helping a great cause.
Helpful PINK-TOBER information:Susan G. Komen – GET INVOLVED
Show your Support with these PINK-TOBER spirit wear items, which can all be ordered in PINK or with the Pink Ribbon symbol:
- Tall socks
- Rooter poms
- Pink Out t-shirts
- Pink ribbon face tattoos