Lynn Bears senior linemen Jared Tittle (75), Nathan Berry (76) and Richard Lopez (60) join Coach Phillip Smith and faculty member Linda Hardin in the team
Lynn Bears senior linemen Jared Tittle (75), Nathan Berry (76) and Richard Lopez (60) join Coach Phillip Smith and faculty member Linda Hardin in the team's month-long "pinkout" to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Since pink is recognized as the official color for breast cancer awareness, the idea to hold a "pinkout" -- similar to "whiteouts" and "blackouts" held at college football stadiums across the country -- struck a cord with the Bears' Head Coach Phillip Smith.
, however, saw much more potential beyond the fans of the team dressing in pink to show their support.
"Our kids have seen the firsthand effects of how breast cancer can effect lives," Smith
"Many of them know someone outside of school who has battled with it and that's something that sticks out in their minds even at their young age."
idea of how his
team could support breast cancer awareness in September -- an idea that would include a pink integration to their game uniforms -- to get an idea of how they react to the proposal.
October uniforms would include pink half-sleeves and pink athletic tape on gamedays, as well as pink work-out shirts that would be worn under their jerseys.
players' response to the idea was not only surprising, but also heartwarming.
"We talked quite a bit about it beforehand and discussed some of the issues that go on in the battle breast cancer patients go through," Smith
said that Hardin's faith, courage and belief that she
displays everyday in the face of her
battle has been a focus for the team's support -- and is the basis of the message of "Believe" that is printed on the back of the Lynn Football pink T-shirts that are worn by coaches and supporters.
"I've talked to her
several times and heard those words come from her
on days that you know she
doesn't feel good -- you can see it in her
eyes -- but she
never complains or gripes.
shows up to work and tell you that you have to have that faith and belief," Smith