It wasn’t too long ago that a teenager would have to be extremely comfortable with his masculinity to wear pink socks — especially while playing in a football game.
But on Oct. 22, pink leggings were the apparel of choice for the Pine-Strawberry Buffalo flag football team while playing in the Verde Valley Small Schools football league tournament.
The team donned the socks in support of cancer awareness.
Players Cody Myers and Nick Schneider brainstormed the idea to wear the socks and then presented it to their teammates.
“I support cancer awareness and pink is awesome,” Myers said.
Nick has an aunt and grandma who died from breast cancer and another grandma who is a cancer survivor.
“The only girl on the team, Brittany Fleming, thought it was hilarious to see the boys wear pink,” said Renee Schneider, a parent volunteer at the school. “It’s important that our youth are aware of things like breast cancer and are able to talk freely about it.”
Schneider believes talking about breast cancer 50 years ago would have been a hushed subject discussed only behind closed doors.
“Today we have a football team playing in pink socks and talking about it openly,” she said. “We have come a long way.”
Color brings success
Oh, by the way, the Buffs did quite well in the football tournament finishing in second place.
Renee Schneider says it was the pink socks that brought the team good luck.
While wearing pink was indeed unique for a junior high-middle school team, it is commonplace this month in the National Football League.
Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink apparel as part of their campaign “A Crucial Catch” in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Fans will also notice on-field pink ribbon stencils, special game ball and pink coins — all to raise awareness for the campaign.
All apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with the game balls and pink coins, will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
For details on the auction, log on to: www.NFL.com/auction.