Schreiber Sports and Professional Teams are Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Julia Kittle and Savannah Aarons

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and sports worldwide are recognizing it, including Schreiber’s own teams.  During this month, many of Schreiber’s teams have changed their uniform colors to pink to raise awareness about breast cancer.  Specifically, the girls varsity and junior varsity soccer teams have been wearing pink jerseys and pink socks to show their support.

 “To honor those that have had breast cancer and to spread awareness, we’ve incorporated pink into our uniforms for the month of October,” said the girls junior varsity soccer coach Mr. Walter Zepeda.  

Both boys soccer teams also integrated pink into their uniforms for October to express their support.  

“We wear the pink jerseys and socks that we got with the help of the booster club to school and home games in October,” said senior soccer player Robert Novak. 

 In addition, the girls field hockey team wore pink socks and their breast cancer awareness t-shirts that say “Let’s drive out cancer together” at their pink game. 

“We also wear our shirts to school to raise awareness among the students,” said sophomore Olivia Sciortino.  

Both the boys junior varsity and varsity football teams have been showing their awareness by wearing pink socks to all of their games in October.  The girls and boys volleyball teams are not only raising awareness through their uniforms, they also hosted the Dig Pink matches on October 5 and 6.  They raised money for the Side-out Foundation by selling pink ribbons, which are hanging up all around the school’s gymnasium, as well as a link for donations, which can be found in the team’s Instagram bio.  

The girls swimming and diving team has been wearing pink caps and their coaches have also been wearing pink shirts.“We believe this issue is important to everyone and awareness is key to progress, intervention, and remediation,” said varsity swimming and diving coach Mr. Joe Lennon. 

School sport teams are not the only ones spreading awareness of breast cancer. The NFL partners with the American Cancer Society by hosting Crucial Catch games during October.  Crucial Catch is an organization that helps people prevent and detect cancer early on.  The organization has been able to raise over twenty three million dollars and help more than one million people in their fight against cancer.  Furthermore, throughout the month of October, the NFL features a new multi-colored logo in which the different colors represent different types of cancer.  

Similarly, players of the MLB participate in the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program, in which they use pink bats and sport pink wristbands.  The event raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention.  

Also, soccer star Alex Morgan from the NWSL and USWNT wears a pink headband every soccer game to honor her mother-in-law, a breast cancer survivor.  Her actions have also influenced many girls to start doing the same during their games.  

Finally, the WNBA partners with nonprofit organizations to encourage women to understand the risks of breast cancer.  Along with this, the WNBAs partnership with Black Women’s Health Imperative and Breast Cancer Research Foundation draws attention to health equality.  This helps to fund research to try to discover why black women undergo worse breast cancer outcomes.  Breast cancer has affected many people in the past and will continue to affect many.  With the help of sports teams spreading awareness in our school and worldwide, we hope to improve treatment and detection.