September is GHSA Cancer Awareness Month

The Georgia High School Association is once again designating the month of September as it’s official fall sports “Cancer Awareness Month” to advance the awareness of and help fight several types of this dreaded disease.

In observance of Breast Cancer awareness, the GHSA will allow member schools to wear “Pink” uniforms and/or pink socks, wristbands, etc., at their HOME events during the week of September 3-8, 2018 for all fall sports (football, cheerleading, cross country, softball and volleyball). American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight against Breast cancer, through research, support groups, and other patient services like ride to treatments and free lodging. If your school is planning an event, please contact Jessica Hong to learn what local resources are available in your community or visit the American Cancer Society / GHSA “Pink Week” site

September 10-15 will be the fourth annual GHSA “Gold Week” to help raise the awareness of Childhood Cancer.  The GHSA is proud to partner with Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research to encourage Georgia high schools to “Go Gold” during this week. Again, this is for all fall sports.

Football teams can wear gold jerseys, socks and wristbands at home games, while cross country, volleyball and softball teams can wear matching gold headbands and wristbands at home events. To learn about even more ways to get involved, view the Rally media release by clicking here or visit

And, finally, September 17-22 will be the fifth annual “Blue Week” for Prostate Cancer in the sport of Football only to alert men about “Know Your Score” with regular prostate testing checkups. Special blue decals and blue wristbands can be worn this week, and the officials will have blue penalty flags to throw. Also the host school can stencil blue ribbons on the playing field for this special contest.

If a school does NOT have a home contest during one of the designated cancer awareness weeks, that school may request to wear or display the special cancer-awareness colors at a home contest during another week in September. Schools should contact the appropriate GHSA sports coordinator with this request. There will be additional weeks designated as “Pink or Gold Weeks” for winter (January) and spring (April) sports.


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