According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 210,203 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,589 women in the United States died from breast cancer. One school that has shown support for the cause is Sebastian River high school in Sabastian, Florida.
Last month they spray painted their field with pink ribbons, at every 10 yards. Michael Stutzke, athletic director for Sebastian River, also purchased a $200 stencil to mark the middle of the field with a large pink ribbon.
“If you’re going to make a statement, then make a statement…I don’t think there are any of us who haven’t been impacted,” says Stutzke.
There have been more then 30 other schools across the nation that has shown support for breast cancer awareness month and each school believes it’s important to spread the message.
El Cerrito’s high school football team in El Cerrito California, wore pink cleats all month long.
“By wearing pink, we want to support all people across the country,” says Adarius Pickett, cornerback for El Cerrito high school.
The team wore pink in support of coach Kenny Kahn’s mother, who was diagnosed three years ago.
“We all represent more than man, more than woman – we represent each other, and it’s important that we show that,” says Kahn.
El Cerrito’s football team fund-raised $500 by selling pink and grey T-shirts and sweatshirts throughout the school. The money was donated to an undecided local charity. The team also wore them on gamedays – along with pink athletic tape, pink gloves, and pink ribbon stickers on the back of their helmets.