Pink is a popular color for the month of October -- and the Hartland Association Youth Athletic Association (HAYAA) football program is no expection. Saturday was the first day that the football program showed their color.....PINK! -- in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
For the first time, there was an organized effort for the 14 teams that comprise the Youth Football program and all of the teams participated. Volunteer merchandise coordinator, Stephanie Brooks, led the effort in securing hundreds of hot pink socks. Ms. Brooks suggested the idea of the hot pink socks, and the teams readily supported the idea.
"Because football is being played in October, it was natural to have an organized effort. The players and coaches readily embraced the idea", stated Ms. Brooks.
Last year many of the teams scrambled to wear pink accessories, this organized effort made it easier and really makes a statement.
HAYAA joins hundreds of other organizations in spreading the importance of breast cancer awareness, including the National Football League. Many of the coaches took this opportunity to educate the players on breast cancer and the impacts it can cause.
While many consider breast cancer to be a female disease, it is important that the players realize males can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 300+ players in the HAYAA will show their support by wearing their hot pink socks for their remaining games in October.
Written by: Christine Barker
Photo Credit: Heather Miskerik