At this stage, the news that the Oregon Ducks football team have announced the squad will be sporting some wild and wacky and new uniform combination usually can be met with sigh and a shrug of indifference. The team has gone through approximately a bazillion different uniforms over the years. But this time, the uniforms the Ducks will don for its game against Washington State on Saturday are for a much better reason than to simply attract attention.
The Ducks will wear hot pink helmets, hot pink shoes and hot pink socks and other assorted gear to raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The fund, named after former North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Kay Yow, who passed away on Jan. 24, 2009 after succumbing to Stage 4 breast cancer.
Nike and the University of Oregon have partnered for many years during the month of October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, the Ducks’ will wear pink Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, pink Nike Vapor Carbon Elite socks and pink Vapor Jet gloves in combination with their black Nike Pro Combat uniform system. In addition, this year the Ducks will punctuate their look with bold pink helmets. The special edition BCA uniforms are designed to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as the team stands united in their support to help find a cure for women’s cancers.
“Cancer has touched so many lives and hopefully, together with Nike and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, we can help create awareness and help raise money for the fight against women’s cancers” said Oregon Football Head Coach Mark Helfrich. “It is an honor to join Coach Yow’s team in a fight that unites us all.”
Nike announced that 25 helmets will be auctioned off beginning on Saturday and some will be autographed by former Ducks players, including star quarterbacks Dan Fouts and Joey Harrington. The items will be available for auction here.
[H/T SB Nation]