NCAA: Oregon Ducks to Wear Pink Helmets for Cancer Awareness

The Oregon Ducks football team will wear pink helmets, cleats, socks and gloves for their game against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Oct 17 2013, 7:21pm CDT | by

NCAA: Oregon Ducks to Wear Pink Helmets for Cancer Awareness
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The Oregon Ducks football team will wear pink helmets for their game against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Nike, which sponsors the Ducks and whose chairman, Phil Knight is an Oregon alumnus, has partnered with the university previously on several endeavors to increase public awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. However, Saturday's game marks the first time the football team will wear pink helmets for this purpose, per ESPN. 

A foundation known as the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charity that has raised around $2.6 million for research and programs geared toward breast cancer, will benefit from the auctioning off of 25 of the pink helmets the week after the game. 

Some of these pink helmets will be autographed by several prominent Ducks alumni which include Dan Fouts, Joey Harrington and Ahmad Rashad. 

Kay Yow was the former head women's basketball coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack. She died four years ago due to breast cancer. 

Here's an excerpt from a press release issued by the Ducks on OregonLive.com:  

"Nike and the University of Oregon have partnered for many years during the month of October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, the Ducks will wear pink Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, pink Nike Vapor Carbon Elite socks and pink Vapor Jet gloves in combination with their black Nike Pro Combat uniform system.

"In addition, this year the Ducks will punctuate their look with bold pink helmets. The special edition BCA uniforms are designed to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as the team stands united in their support to help find a cure for women's cancers.

"'Cancer has touched so many lives and hopefully, together with Nike and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, we can help create awareness and help raise money for the fight against women's cancers. It's an honor to join Coach Yow's team in a fight that unites us all." 

The Ducks enter their game against the Cougars with an unblemished 6-0 record and are currently the No. 2 team in the nation. 


 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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