Flashes of pink can be seen at various sporting competitions around Spring Branch ISD this month. Football and volleyball players from several high schools in the district are raising awareness and funds by adding pink accessories to their uniforms in support of the month-long focus on breast cancer detection, research and treatment.
Here are a few examples of how student athletes have demonstrated the Core Characteristics of being Ethical & Service-Minded during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
- Northbrook High School football players wore pink helmets and wrist bands during a game against Memorial High School earlier this month.
- Stratford and Memorial High School volleyball players will be wearing pink hair ribbons and shoelaces during a Pink Out match against each other. MHS players also sold special bracelets for $2 each and collected donations at the ticket and concessions counters. Proceeds go to Houston Haven, an organization that provides housing and support for people receiving cancer treatment.
- At Spring Woods High School, football players sold pink shoelaces to teammates and the school community to raise $1,000 to honor Amy Ellingson, a three-time breast cancer survivor and advanced academics specialist in the district. Ellingson chose to have the contributions donated to Houston’s Rose Center for Breast Health Excellence. A “giant check” was presented during half time at the Oct. 14 game.
- Throughout the month of October, Stratford football players are wearing pink uniform accessories such as mouth guards, shoelaces, sweat bands and gloves in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Money donated for the pink items will be given to a breast cancer charity of the team’s choice.
- The Spring Woods High School volleyball team raised money to give flowers to any breast cancer survivor in attendance at their upcoming match against Jersey Village High School. The athletes will also wear pink accessories with their uniforms during the competition.
With the encouragement of Executive Athletic Director Paige Hershey, sports programs are invited to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness as well as other causes in the community.
“We believe that the success of our program is measured in multiple areas: academic achievement, athletic achievement, character and leadership development and community,” Hershey said.
“To that end, we encourage and celebrate the wide variety of causes and community service our athletic teams choose to support collectively throughout the year. Whether in the confines of their school, at a food bank, or reading at an elementary school to promote literacy, our student-athletes are growing and leading in the ways in which the district and our community can take pride.”
Thank you to all the athletes whose civic engagement brought attention to Breast Cancer Awareness this month through their contributions, leadership and attire. We are #SBISDProud of you.