The GHSA Commends Teams for Participating in Cancer Fight

Submitted by stevefig on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:00am

September was the GHSA’s designated “Cancer Awareness Month” with teams allowed to wear special colored uniforms and apparel in an effort to help raise awareness of the fight against several types of this terrible disease. And the GHSA would like to commend and thank the many, many schools and teams across the state who took part in this worthy effort. In observance of Breast Can- cer awareness, member schools were allowed to wear “Pink” uniforms and/or pink socks, wristbands, etc., at their home events during the week of September 5-10 for all fall sports (football, cheerleading, cross country, soft- ball and volleyball). There also are weeks designated as “Pink Weeks” for winter and spring sports. September 12-17 was the second annual GHSA “Gold Week” to help raise the awareness of Childhood Cancer. The GHSA was proud to partner with Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research in encouraging schools to “Go Gold” during this week. The response this year was overwhelming with many schools holding “Gold Out” games where their football players wore gold socks and their cheerleaders sported gold bows. Students made posters and banners and learned the stories of children battling cancer in their own schools and communities. It was incredibly inspiring. To learn about even more ways to get involved, visit RallyFoundation.org. And, finally, September 19-24 was the third annual “Blue Week” in the sport of Football to help fight Prostate Cancer. Special blue decals and blue wristbands were worn and the game officials were supplied with blue penalty flags to throw. Also many of the host schools stenciled blue ribbons on the playing field for their special contest. We think this was the best year yet for our Cancer Awareness effort and the GHSA plans to continue this great tradition every September until a cure is found for this dreaded disease that affects so many lives.