BURGETTSTOWN - The Burgettstown Area Youth Soccer Association is going pink for the entire month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This is the second year the organization has recognized breast cancer awareness while raising money for the cause.
"Last year, we started doing this and had so much success and support from our players, we decided to make it an annual event," said Amy Lemmon, BAYSA secretary.
BAYSA has asked players, coaches, and parents to wear pink with their regular uniforms and attire.
"Last year we had a ton of support from our players and coaches and families," said Lemmon. "We had a coach who shaved his hair into a mohawk and dyed it pink. We had tons of players who colored their hair pink and taped pink duct tape on their shoes and socks and shirts. Players will be wearing lots of pink under their uniforms, wearing pink soccer socks and much more. It is a great event. It's a lot of fun for everyone and most importantly we raise awareness for an important cause."
In addition, special breast cancer ribbon T-shirts are being sold in the spirit shop, and pink cupcakes are being sold at the concession stand. Proceeds from both - along with any other donations collected by the organization during the month of October - will be donated to the Cancer Fighting Princess Foundation. The foundation was started by Melissa Ward Adams of Burgettstown, a breast cancer survivor, and supports breast cancer research and financial aid to breast cancer patients in the greater Pittsburgh area.
"It was a huge success last year and we anticipate a great response this year as well," said Lemmon.
Games will be played every Saturday morning during October at the BAYSA Soccer Complex located at 415 Joffre Cherry Valley Road.
For information on BAYSA and the game schedule, visit www.baysa-soccer.org. For information on the Cancer Fighting Princess Foundation, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cancerfightingprincess.
The BAYSA serves players aged 4 to 18 in the Avella, Burgettstown and Fort Cherry school districts. Games are played in both the fall and the spring.