Penn Hills Lady Indians gear up for third annual 'Pink Game'
When the Lady Indians varsity soccer team takes the field against Brashear High School on Sept. 26, they'll be looking for more than just a win.
They'll be looking to add to the money they've raised the past two years for Susan G. Komen For the Cure's local chapter at their annual “Pink Game.”
The initial idea for the benefit game came from the previous girls' soccer coach.
“She mentioned it to a couple of the moms, and we took it and ran with it,” said team parent Lois Gess.
The Lady Indians will wear special pink jerseys, and also will be selling t-shirts designed by the team's seniors.
Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle, auction items and gift baskets also will go to support the Komen organization.
“It's very exciting to see the girls participate in something like this,” Gess said.
Senior Jordan Stoecklein, 17, said the “Pink Game” is a good way not just to generate money for breast-cancer research, but to show some of the generous things local residents are doing.
“I think it's really good for Penn Hills,” Stoecklein said.
“It's a positive thing for the community, which gets a lot of negative publicity.”
And it's not just the Lady Indians who are getting involved.
Brashear girls' soccer coach Dustin Smith said his team is also “going pink” for the game.
“We are doing a bright pink t-shirt to commemorate breast-cancer awareness, and we're also doing a t-shirt fundraiser through the team and parents,” Smith said.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams will participate, according to Brashear athletic director Nicki Lockwich.
Gess said that like almost any group, team members' lives have been touched in one way or another by breast cancer. Gess' mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“(The game) is a way to see the girls grow and become part of the community,” she said.
For those unable to attend the game, Gess said a website, www.passionatelypink.org, has been set up to take online donations to the Komen organization.
The Web address for the Lady Indians' team page is www.info-komen.org/goto/pennhills. Gess encouraged all those planning to attend to wear pink.
The “Pink Game” will take place Sept. 26 at Linton Middle School, located at 250 Aster Street. The junior-varsity game starts at 6:30 p.m., with the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Penn Hills Athletic Department at 412-793-7000, ext. 5207.
Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.