Cancer has affected everyone, including athletes of all backgrounds. Though the cause to study, prevent, and cure cancer is everpresent in our world, it’s sometime easy to forget just what it means to tackle the disease as a cause when it’s become a mundane message. The University of Oregon football team has decided to make that message of fighting cancer a little brighter – by making themselves brighter in the process.
Sporting new Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, Vapor Carbon Elite socks, and Vapor Jet gloves, the Oregon Ducks football team have decorated themselves in bright pink to honor women’s cancer victims and are to auction off the helmets and other game day attire for charity, principally for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Kay Yow was one of the winningest collegiate coaches in NCAA history for the North Carolina State women’s basketball team. After fighting breast cancer several times for 20 years, Yow succumbed to the disease but set up her self-titled fund to bring awareness to cancer’s deadly clutches, even amongst those in the athletic world.