Date Published

Friday, October 4, 2013

CHICKASHA – Drovers Against Cancer and the USAO soccer teams will host their third annual Pink Out Cancer soccer games, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon against John Brown.

For the game, both men’s and women’s soccer teams will don pink uniforms in an effort to raise awareness. Kick off for the women is at 1 p.m. with the men following at 3 p.m.

Fans from both teams are encouraged to wear pink as a united front against cancer and to bring hope to those affected by the disease.

“It’s always a good thing to put sports in perspective,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “While we enjoy competing, the Pink Game brings a focus to something much more important in life. We hope to be a small part of recognizing the ongoing effort to help find a cure to such an awful disease.”

The game qualifies for Nash Library’s Belly Rewards Program, so students should plan to “check in” at the game to earn points.

Drovers Against Cancer will do a special ceremony honoring cancer survivors as well as honoring those in memoriam during the games.

The organization also will sell hot dogs, chips and a drink for $5. Proceeds go to the campus organization and ultimately are donated to cancer research.

The DAC shirts this year are dark gray with a lavender DAC logo. Those will be on sale at the USAO Cafeteria on Monday or at the game Tuesday. Shirts range from $15 for a T-shirt to $30 for a hoodie.

Green and gold stadium blankets will be on sale for $40 as well.

“It is important to raise money for the cancer research, but it is even more important for us to raise awareness, help encourage early detection and limit the number of deaths from this horrible disease,” said Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, USAO professor and advisor to DAC. “This organization is really personal to me and I’m so pleased to see it and Pink Out Cancer games grow each year.”

This is the third year for the soccer Pink Out Cancer game. Drovers Against Cancer also hosts similar events in basketball, baseball and softball.

The games are part of a week-long Cancer Awareness Week, which will include a Tuesday morning Bake Sale in Davis Hall beginning at 8 a.m., a Wednesday mammogram reminder and a Thursday night cancer-based movie night in Lawson Court Theater.

During the week, Drovers Against Cancer will be selling shirts and giving away ribbons outside the cafeteria at lunchtime. They also will have tickets for sale for the Oct. 25 Zumba-thon on campus.