October 26, 2012 The Chariot
S PORTS An all out pink out for the cure EMILY LIVINGSTON
ERIK OLSEN, staﬀ writer
On October 19, the football team wore pink socks and gloves to capitalize on Cheer for the Cure. They won 35-28.
ink is everywhere. During the month of October, the whole country seems to be wearing some sort of pink accessory from pink ribbons to pink t-shirts. Most people know that the reason behind all the pink is because October is breast cancer awareness month, but besides that, most know very little about breast cancer. Every year, the cheerleading teams have led the push to change that level of awareness. Women and their loved ones feel the effects of breast cancer all over the globe. Breast cancer makes up 23 percent of all invasive cancers in women. Unfortunately, the United States has the second highest breast cancer occurrence rate in the world. According to the American Cancer Society, American women face a one in eight chance of fighting some degree of breast cancer. Because of these statistics, many organizations get involved in fundraising for breast cancer research. One of the organizations involved is the NFL, whose players for the entire month of October, wear pink gloves, pink socks, and even painted ribbons on their helmets. Following the pro’s example, the football team donned pink socks and gloves for the October 19 game against Lambert, while both crowds wore pink in honor of those
who have died because of breast cancer and for hope that one day research will produce a cure. “I’m glad we could use such a big event like football to get involved with and help people realize that we aren’t doing a pink out to be cool; it’s actually for something important,” said sophomore fullback Turner Fortin. While the football team fought hard in pink socks, the cheerleaders capitalized on their effort by wearing pink jerseys with the names of cancer victims written on the back. The cheerleaders sold pink jersey “shout-outs,” donuts, raffle tickets and t-shirts all month in order to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The largest breast cancer organization, Komen takes donations and uses them to educate about the disease and fund research dedicated to a breast cancer cure. However, raising money was not the only motivation. The girls were able to sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves. “This year, we really want the girls to drive the ‘service before self ’ motto. We are doing a push every month, and Cheer for the Cure is definitely an incredibly important one to show that motto in,” commented head coach Brianne Garramone. Not only are athletes serving, but they also find fulfillment in helping a cause that affects them personally. “It makes me feel so good to be involved with a cause that has affected so many people in our area. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2011. Thankfully, she’s cancer free now, but helping out with this cause just makes it so much more rewarding,” said senior varsity cheerleader Jenna Nelson. The cheerleaders’ work affects more than just themselves, but rather it affects the whole student body. “When my mom was diagnosed, it was hard for my family, but we had hope for healing because of all the support and research. I’m so glad to see so much effort put into curing the disease,” said junior Andrew Hooper. By breaking the barriers usually created by sports, the month long pink out is something that makes students, and ultimately the community, proud.
Underclassmen on varsity teams MADDIE MINTON, staﬀ writer
etermined, passionate, driven, talented. For some underclassmen athletes, it is a combination of all four that puts them on varsity teams. Certain freshmen and sophomores have earned the opportunity to feature their athletic abilities at a young age. “I’ve been cheering for three years but have been doing gymnastics for as long as I can remember,” said freshman Ansleigh Huey. Huey did not expect to be on the varsity cheerleading team for her first year in high school, but Huey’s love for cheering led her to excellence. “I cheer more for the experience, and I love the feeling of tumbling, All varsity cheerleaders practice every day of the week for two hours, not including weekend competitions,” says Huey. However, Huey is not the only young Gladiator excelling in sports. “I got into the game not only because it looked like a lot of fun, but my mom played volleyball in high school. I wouldn’t give up volleyball for anything,” said sophomore Maddie Swan. Swan has proven, along with other underclassmen who have achieved the same success, that a varsity position is attainable with hard work at any age. “Being younger does not affect how the other girls treat me. All of them are amazing and super nice. I am so glad that I’m on the same team as them,” said Swan. Being on varsity is a privilege and an honor. Students must prove themselves by being fully committed to the coaches and the teammates. “I wouldn’t say there is more pressure being an underclassman. We all have the pressure to play well in front of our family and friends,” commented Swan. Each sport is different, but what they have in common is that students practice in order to do well at games. Love for a sport has the ability to overcompensate any age, whether an upperclassman or an underclassman.