The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation was out and about at four area high school football games in October and early November as part of their Friday Night Lights: Think Pink! breast cancer awareness initiative.
With pink pom poms in hand, students from Fairfax High School filled the stands of their football stadium on a stormy Friday in October.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation brought the NFL's Think Pink! initiative to four high school match ups this football season in order to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness.
While thundershowers delayed the start of the game, it did not prevent the start of the Redskins Charitable Foundation's second annual Friday Night Lights: Think Pink! high school football series, which brought the NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness initiative to eight local high schools this season.
The series, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, kicked off with the Fairfax High School Rebels hosting the Hayfield High School Hawks on Friday, Oct. 9. On Friday, Oct. 16, the Yorktown High School Patriots traveled to face the McLean High School Highlanders. The final game in Fairfax County featured the Edison High School Eagles vs. the Lee High School Lancers on Friday, Oct. 30, at Lee.
This year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation also brought the Friday Night Lights program to one Loudoun County Public Schools matchup, featuring the Tuscarora High School Huskies taking on the Broad Run High School Spartans on Friday, Nov. 6*.
Each matchup used the equipment from the Redskins' Breast Cancer Awareness game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 4, which included goal post pads showcasing the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, pink wall wraps and Breast Cancer Awareness logo field banners.
Schools also received pink socks, pink pom poms and "SACK CANCER" eye black to provide to students, donated by the Redskins Charitable Foundation.
"Kids loved everything about the game," said Lori Barb, director of student activities for Lee High School. "They were so excited to be a part of such a special event. It is simply an awesome experience – especially for our football players and cheer squad!"
The matchups then featured a Redskins honorary captain who participated in the ceremonial coin toss with home team captains during pre-game. Captains included tight end Niles Paul (Fairfax), running back Silas Redd Jr. (McLean), alumnus Mike Nelms (Lee) and linebacker Adam Hayward (Broad Run).
At each of the six Fairfax County high schools, students sold neon pink t-shirts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. T-shirts sales helped bring in more than $5,000 for ACS.
*Due to field renovation, Broad Run's 'think pink' game was pushed back to the first week in November.