Haverford High School’s Fords football team will be wearing pink jerseys to their home game on October 18 against Lower Merion as part of a fundraising community event.
For years the football players have had the tradition of wearing pink socks when they play during the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, they are taking their tradition to the next level with pink jerseys, which community members are being asked to sponsor.
The football players will present the sponsor or honoree after the game with the jersey, which costs $100 per jersey. The proceeds will benefit a local cancer organization. The cheerleaders and band are also selling items to help raise funds.
“The response has been really great,” said Natalie Green, co-president of the Football Followers, which is getting the football team into more community service. The team already does four community service projects during the season.
Every game at the start of the fourth quarter, the team faces the score board and holds four fingers up, symbolizing the need to play hard through the fourth quarter.
“They need to keep fighting, keep going, keep playing,” Green said. The same message goes for the fight against cancer.
The deadline to sponsor a player’s jersey is October 5.