Athletes show pink pride to support those affected by breast cancer

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During a home game against Timberland on Thursday, Oct. 6 senior Charlie Hummel kicks the ball to the left defender. The Longhorns lost 2-0.

This October, poms, cheer, volleyball, football, field hockey and soccer added pink to their uniforms to spread awareness for breast cancer.

“It was fun because the pink shirts had the power of tradition all three years I have played and it is a powerful way to support the cause,” senior Charlie Hummel said.

All three levels of soccer substituted their red and blue jerseys to wear pink t-shirts at their games to spread awareness for breast cancer; individual players also began to take their own turn to show their support.

“Players have started to purchase pink athletic tape to wear on their socks. Some players have even put pink tape on their wrist and write a personal message or tribute to the family member who was affected by breast cancer,” varsity soccer coach Michael Skordos said.

The varsity football team had breast cancer awareness shirts made for the student section to wear during their home game in October, and many of the players also added their own touch of pink to their uniforms.

“Our kids keep right in line with what they see in college and the NFL, wearing things like pink towels and socks,” Coach Jeff Duncan said.

In addition to the many individual players incorporating pink into their uniforms, as the players spread breast cancer awareness as a team, the Poms coaches also make it a goal to show their support without any interference to their team’s performance.

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It was fun because the pink shirts had the power of tradition all three years I have played, and it is a powerful way to support the cause.

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“I think our coach decided to have us wear pink bows because it is an easy addition, but it still shows that we care to spread awareness for breast cancer and for those who are struggling. It also encourages others to show their support for breast cancer, which is what makes the people who are affected by it feel better,” Poms performer Kristin Wilson said.

While wearing pink does not end breast cancer, the athletic teams goal was to provide comfort to those families experiencing the repercussions of the disease.

“We have had many players that have been affected by breast cancer go through the program over the years, and this is a really good tribute to them,” Skordos said.