Six years ago the football coaches from Abington and North Penn high schools were talking and realized that their mothers were both breast cancer survivors. Since the teams were playing each other during Breast Cancer Awareness Month they decided to develop activities and events to promote breast cancer awareness at the game with the theme “Score Big Against Breast Cancer.” The event raised thousands of dollars as well as breast cancer awareness. This year’s theme is “We are pink” with dramatic pink T-shirts developed to promote it.
With the involvement of the Abington Senior High School Key Club and Leo Club, Abington Memorial Hospital, the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and volunteers from the Breathing Room, an incredible array of activities and fundraisers has been developed for tonight’s game.
- New this year are pre-game activities, which include face painting, sign design, ladder ball and a barbeque — all of which begin at 5:30 p.m. on the student parking lot by the bus loading platform. Donations will benefit Abington Memorial Hospital’s Rosenfeld Cancer Center, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia Affiliate, the Terry Hanifin Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Breathing Room.
- Team players will wear football helmets with pink ribbons
- Abington Memorial Hospital and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia Affiliate and volunteers from the Breathing Room will distribute flyers, stickers, self-examination shower cards, mammogram information and other information at the stadium entrance.
- Nurses from Abington Memorial Hospital’s Rosenfeld Cancer Center will be at the game distributing information and answering questions. Uninsured and under-insured women are encouraged to obtain information at the game about free mammograms and breast health education.
- The Abington Senior High School Key Club and Leo Club have embraced the event again this year. Both organizations will be selling pink “We Are Pink” tee-shirts the week preceding the game and at the game. The $10 cost of the shirt includes student admission to the game and a donation. Shirts to support breast cancer research will be available for sale at the game for adults after paying their admission fee. Last year, all shirts sold out swiftly.
- Abington Key Club and Leo Club members have created collection buckets asking spectators to donate their “Change for a Change” at the concession stand – and during the third quarter cheerleaders and Step Team members will circulate through the stands collecting donations for cancer research.
The game begins at 7 p.m. at Schwarzman Stadium.
Information courtesy of Byron Goldstein/Abington School District