Nationwide, professional football teams have been sporting pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. That support is no longer just coming from the NFL—Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs hosted a pink football game to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center this month.
The Wolves raised $5,000 for breast cancer research by selling sponsorships for the pink jerseys they wore during the game. Each jersey was designed specifically for the game and included pink numbers, letters and accents. They also had the name of each sponsor on the back where the player’s name usually would be. The boys were not the only ones showing support the cheer team also sported pink uniforms and helped raise funds.
Athletic Director Devin Allen presented the check to Jerry Sinning, development associate for CU Cancer Center during halftime. After the game, the sponsors were invited down to the field to be recognized and personally receive the jersey they sponsored by the player who wore it. Additionally, several cancer survivors were honored with VIP covered seating on the sideline, as well as a ceremony recognizing all those affected by cancer before kickoff.
The game was named the Denver Broncos’ high school game of the week. Broncos cornerback Tony Carter, cheerleaders and Miles the mascot were at the school for a tailgate party before the game. To top off the evening, the Wolves beat their opponent 63-0.
Les Johnson, head coach of Vista Ridge High School, is very proud of what the team accomplished.
“Our breast cancer awareness event went extremely well,” Johnson says. “We always teach our players to look beyond themselves and think of others. We continue to strive for excellence both on and off the field.”