All around the world of football, athletes recognize the month of October as “pink month.” The reason for this is to support the fighting cause for breast cancer awareness. Athletes add pink to their typical gameday fit and often donate to fundraisers associated with the cause. The movement extends all the way up to pro levels as athletes take actions such as donating a certain amount of money per tackle, catch, touchdown, etc.
Why is it recognized? - Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 American women and in rare cases, men. Breast cancer is a disease that often comes with no warning and is one of the most common cancers in women, next to skin cancer. Athletes use this month as a time to recognize survivors, those still fighting the battle and those who did not make it.Different types of gear worn - Pink month has always been known as a time for players to showcase their best pink gear. Football players have done it best with their assortment of pink leg and arm sleeves, wristbands, headbands, cleats and gloves. Along with the great cause, pink month has brought some flashy drip across all levels of play. Some teams have gone above and beyond such as the University of Oregon unveiling pink helmets in their game vs Washington State on October 19, 2013.