Today is Virginia Tech’s annual Pink Out game, where the school comes together to support breast cancer awareness. Check out why virginia tech is wearing pink today and how you can get involved!
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and today virginia tech is showing its support by “going pink.” Many of the school’s athletes are wearing pink gear, and the football team’s uniforms even have a pink ribbon on them. But why is virginia tech going pink?
Since 2002, the National Football League has been holding “Football vs. Breast Cancer” games during October to help raise awareness for the disease. This year, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the NFL selected Virginia Tech as one of its 10 schools to participate. That’s why today, the Hokies are taking on Pittsburgh in a “Pink Out” game.
By wearing pink today, Virginia Tech is hoping to bring attention to breast cancer and help raise money for research. The school has set up a fundraising website where fans can donate to the American Cancer Society. So far, they’ve raised over $8,000.
The History of Virginia Tech Wearing Pink
Virginia Tech has been wearing pink on October 25th since 2008 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The tradition started when then-Coach Frank Beamer saw how football players at the University of Nebraska were wearing pink wristbands to support a local breast cancer organization. Coach Beamer wanted his team to get involved as well, so he asked the equipment managers to find pink socks for the team to wear during their game against Maryland. Since then, Virginia Tech has continued to wear pink on this day every year to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
In addition to wearing pink, Virginia Tech has also been involved in other breast cancer awareness initiatives over the years. In 2010, the university held a “Think Pink” day where they encouraged students, faculty, and staff to wear pink and donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation. They have also held several “Pink Out” games where they encourage fans to wear pink and support the cause. All of these initiatives have helped Virginia Tech raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and awareness.
The Meaning of Virginia Tech Wearing Pink
TheObserver.com reports that head Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer decided that his team would wear pink jerseys in their game today against Boston College in an effort to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is not the first time that college football teams have donned pink in support of breast cancer research, but it is definitely a powerful and moving gesture.
Why is Virginia Tech wearing pink today? The team’s website explains that, “The idea to ‘Pink Out Lane Stadium’ came about as a show of support for those touched by cancer, including Coach Beamer’s late daughter, Cheryl.” This is a beautiful tribute to both those who have lost their lives to cancer as well as those who are currently battling the disease.
Not only is this a beautiful tribute, but it is also a great way to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Money raised through the sale of these special jerseys will go towards cancer research and patient care at the Virginia Tech Carilion Institute for Oncology Research.
If you would like to purchase one of these special pink jerseys, you can do so here. We hope that you will join us in supporting this great cause!
The Significance of Virginia Tech Wearing Pink
Since 2007, Virginia Tech has been a part of the #1 football game to raise breast cancer awareness. Wearing pink gear during the game is just one small way we can honor those touched by the disease and show our support for a cure.
This year’s game against Miami is being dedicated to former Hokie football player Coryties Bennett, who passed away from breast cancer in September. Coryties was a beloved member of the Hokie community, and we know she will be cheering us on from above as we take on the Hurricanes.
Wear your pink with pride today, Hokies!
The Importance of Virginia Tech Wearing Pink
Virginia Tech is wearing pink today in support of those who have been affected by breast cancer. By wearing pink, we are spreading awareness and showing our solidarity with those who have battled or are currently battling this disease.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, and it is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women over the age of 50, it can affect women of all ages.
In the united states breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women (after skin cancer). It is estimated that this year alone, over 268,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 41,000 will die from the disease.
While these statistics may seem daunting, there is reason for hope. Thanks to early detection and advances in treatment, the survival rate for breast cancer has increased dramatically over the past few decades.
By wearing pink today, Virginia Tech is helping to raise awareness about this disease and its impact on our community. We are also supporting those who have been affected by breast cancer, whether they are patients, survivors, or caregivers. And we are reminding everyone to take steps to reduce their risk of developing this disease, such as getting regular screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.