The Sylvania girls soccer team wears pink for Kick It for the Cure soccer game against Perrysburg.
For the Southview Lady Cougars soccer team, pink is not just a color and cancer is more than just a label.
“People know that it (dressing in pink) actually means something and cancer is not just a word,” said freshman Charley Kale, 14.
She watched her junior varsity teammates, pinked-out for cancer awareness, take on Perrysburg during at a 5 p.m. game.
PHOTO GALLERY: Kick It for the Cure
The Southview girls sported pink T-shirts, socks, shoes, and anywhere else they could find a way to wear the color in the spirit of the annual Kick it for the Cure games Wednesday during both back-to-back junior varsity and varsity soccer games.
From left Perrysburg's Allex Brown, Sylvania's Chelsey Barwiler and Chandller Ortman chase the ball during Kick It for the Cure soccer game.
The young Kale Charley and many other girls on the team are related to someone who is suffering from or just overcame a battle with cancer. Both her grandparents had cancer, she said.
“With the Komen for the Cure race last weekend and considering there is history with our players...,” coach John Orozco explained why the cancer awareness games were organized. He also has relatives who were diagnosed or died from cancer.
For resident Denise Carver, who watched her daughter Erin play in the junior varsity game, having the team wear pink was meaningful.
“It is awesome because cancer doesn’t know a gender, or age, or status,” she said, choking-up a bit. Her husband Scotty, the athletic trainer, was just diagnosed with cancer. “Having the girls represent this is huge, and having a raffle is great.”
During both games, teammates sold raffle tickets. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Victory Center, a Toledo non-profit that supports and educates cancer patients. About $150 was also raised through the sale of the pink-themed T-shirts the teammates wore.
The Kick it for the Cure games were just one of the cancer awareness and benefit events the Sylvania School District has held. In the past week, there was a pink-out football game and Northview High School’s cosmetology department coated nails in pink.