If you happened to wander into the football stadium at Sebastian River (Sebastian, Fla.) last month, there was something a little unusual — the field had pink ribbons spray-painted every 10 yards.
Athletic director Michael Stutzke also purchased a $200 stencil to mark the middle of the field with large matching pink ribbons as a way to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“If you're going to make a statement, then make a statement,” Stutzke said. “I don’t think there are any of us who haven't been impacted. What better way to further the message than on Friday Night Lights?”
The paint job is just one way countless high schools like Sebastian River showed support.
Here’s a look at some of the more unique efforts. We also want to know what you did, so go to our Facebook page and tell us how you recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
*At El Cerrito (El Cerrito, Calif.), football players laced up pink cleats all month long.
“By wearing pink, we want to support all people across the country,” cornerback Adarius Pickett said.
Pickett and teammates wore pink in support of football coach Kenny Kahn’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.
“We all represent more than man, more than woman — we represent each other, and it’s important that we show that,” Kahn says.
This season, Kahn and his football team have fund-raised approximately $500 by selling pink and grey T-shirts and sweatshirts throughout the school. The money will be donated to an undecided local charity. They also wore them on gamedays — along with pink gloves, pink athletic tape and pink ribbon stickers on the back of their helmets.
*Last month, 22 high school football teams in Ohio participated in the Spielman Gridiron Classic. Founded by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman, the classic honors his wife, Stephanie, who died of breast cancer in 2009. The classic aims to raise $100,000 for breast cancer research.
As part of the game series on Oct. 19, Perrysburg offensive tackle John Gradient and his teammates sported pink socks when the Yellow Jackets hosted Bowling Green.
“It’s really cool it’s getting out there,” says Gradient, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. “It’s going to encourage more people to get tested.”
*Adidas designed pink jerseys worn by 14 high school football teams across the nation, including Super 25 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.). Football powerhouses Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) and Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) were also among the teams selected to wear the jerseys during October.