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Ducks going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kay Yow AP

Oregon has always been (well) ahead of the curve when it comes to uniforms.  Now, the Ducks are joining in the month-long effort to raise awareness to an insidious disease.

On their official Twitter feed Thursday, Oregon unveiled the uniforms they will wear for Saturday’s game against Washington State.  The Ducks will be in their semi-standard black tops and pants… and pink helmets, gloves, socks and cleats to go along with it.

The pink tip of the cap is in recognition of October being designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  And, to its credit, the football program is not just giving lip service to the cause.

A total of 25 of the pink helmets will be auctioned off following the game, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.  You can either bid on the helmets or donate to the fund established in the name of the former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, by clicking HERE.

You can also see the very classy gesture in picture form below:

Oregon Pink

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10 Responses to “Ducks going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:25 AM

    OOooooo Pink and Black!… Those look awesome!

  2. lbroberts123 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    I like it.

  3. Anoesis says: Oct 17, 2013 12:07 PM

    Kudos to the Ducks (and I’m a Trojans fan) for supporting a very worthy cause.

    Now for the negative: When will sports, ironically mens’ sports, focus on prostate cancer? Breast cancer kills about 40,000 women a year in the U.S., while prostate cancer kills about 30,000 men each year, but the funding for each is nowhere near equivalent.

    Allan M. Heller, Yahoo Contributor Network:
    “Last year, the United States government spent $699 million for breast cancer research, compared to $390 million for prostate cancer. A more equitable disbursement might be $699 million and $468 million.

    “The disparity is not solely economic, though. Commercials, public service announcements, news segments and magazine articles address the issue of breast cancer, but rarely touch upon health issues affecting men. Millions of cars’ bumpers sport pink ribbon decals, symbolizing breast cancer awareness.

    “Since 1985, October has officially been Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Numerous national organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation work tirelessly to ensure that breast cancer is at the forefront of medical research, and fundraisers such as their annual Race for the Cure, as well as countless other benefits on state and local levels, collect millions more in research dollars. Fundraisers and events for prostate cancer are rare, at best.”

    Breasts are sexy, prostates not so much. Breasts are external and highly visible, prostates not at all.

    Sports teams, both amateur and professional, focus exclusively on breast cancer. Who says men aren’t concerned about, and supportive of, important issues that affect women? Apparently even to their own detriment.

    There’s an official month to focus attention on breast cancer, why not one for prostate cancer?

  4. coachbeck says: Oct 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    Love the Oregon Uniforms. Best uniforms

  5. igottz5onit says: Oct 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    Just when you thought Oregon’s uniforms couldn’t get any fuglier…

  6. dhardy8207 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:07 PM

    Anoesis says:

    “When will sports, ironically mens’ sports, focus on prostate cancer? Breast cancer kills about 40,000 women a year in the U.S., while prostate cancer kills about 30,000 men each year, but the funding for each is nowhere near equivalent.”


    The reasoning behind that is because up until a few years ago the gap was larger between the amount of deaths from Breast Cancer vs Prostate cancer. Also if caught in an early stage, the mortality rate from prostate cancer is higher and options for treatment are greater as well. The success rate for Breast cancer and treatment for the various kinds of breast cancer (where its located in the breast) were very limited until a few years back…

  7. beastmode5150 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:17 PM


  8. stoicpaisano says: Oct 17, 2013 3:48 PM

    MLB, for its part, focuses on prostate cancer over Father’s Day weekend with the blue wristbands and such.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Oct 17, 2013 9:14 PM

    They look like something out of that horrible remake of rollerball.

  10. be4bama says: Oct 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    The ducks will look like pink highlighters running around the field tomorrow.

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