What started out as the volleyball team's annual community service project, has spread across the athletic department as all of the fall Quaker teams will don pink this week, in some form, to raise awareness for the cause.
Tonight, the volleyball team will wear pink uniforms during its 7:00 p.m. NCAC match against Wittenberg.
"At some point during our match, breast cancer survivors and everyone who knows one will be asked to stand and be recognized," Alred added. "I think there will be quite a few of our fans respond. It's a widespread issue and many women will have to deal with breast cancer in their lives. Everyone should do a monthly exam. It can save lives. Education is the key, and that is what this week is about."The Quakers cross country teams wore wristbands during the Earlham Invitational this past Saturday. Four other teams will show their support on Saturday.
Earlham's football players will have stickers on their helmets for the Wittenberg game, and the field hockey team will wear pink bandanas against Transylvania in a game using a pink ball. Both soccer squads will wear pink T-shirts during warm-ups prior to their respective matches against Oberlin.
"Breast cancer is pervasive and it seems to be so common," Head Men's Soccer Coach Roy Messer said. "My mom, Gloria, is a breast cancer survivor. Wearing the pink shirts is a small way to show support but it is more about awareness. That's what is really important and something we're trying to create. If everyone would give some thought to it, then the whole operation has succeeded."Since the volleyball team doesn't have a match on Saturday, squad members will be distributing educational materials, selling T-shirts and accepting donations for the Susan B. Komen for the Cure foundation.