Date Published

Friday, October 5, 2012

CHICKASHA – For the second year in a row, Drover soccer has teamed up with Drovers Against Cancer to bring fans the Pink Out Cancer soccer game, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

For the game, which will be against Mid-America Christian, both men’s and women’s soccer teams will don pink uniforms in an effort to raise awareness. Kick off for the men is at 2 p.m., and the women will follow at 4 p.m.

Fans from both teams are encouraged to wear pink as a collective whole against the terrible disease.

“It’s not just for our athletes or just for USAO fans. It’s for anyone who has been or may be affected by cancer, which is everybody,” said Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, advisor for Drovers Against Cancer. “It’s really touching to see everyone team up together for the cause.”

At halftime of each game, Drovers Against Cancer will honor the cancer survivors in attendance with a carnation and a special applause.

Furthermore, Drovers Against Cancer will be selling concessions at the game. Concessions include Frito chili pies, candy bars, sunflower seeds and water. Proceeds go to the campus organization and ultimately are donated to cancer research.

The Drovers hosted a similar game last season, which turned out to be a great success.

“Last year was the first time we did the Pink Out Cancer game for soccer, and it turned out really well,” Loutsch said. “We now raise awareness with pink games in every sport, and we expect it to continue to grow.”

Loutsch and the soccer coaches already are in the process of developing new fundraising ideas for the 2013 pink game, including jersey auctions, shooting contests and goal bids.

The games are just part of a week-long cancer awareness push. Drovers Against Cancer will be hosting a bake sale in Davis Hall on USAO’s campus on Tuesday morning and a movie night on Thursday. The movie, 50/50, will be at 8:30 p.m. in Lawson Court, also on USAO’s campus.

Additionally, the club will be giving away ribbons, hosting a Kisses in a Bucket contest and selling raffle tickets for a blanket outside the USAO cafeteria all week during lunch.