Register-Guard: Ducks Show Color In Cancer Fight

The Register Guard | Oct. 18, 2013 3:21 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 10:33 a.m.

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Mark Johnson

Manly men can wear pink, right? Especially if it’s for a good cause.

Just ask the 111 men on the University of Oregon football team, who’ll be wearing a lot of pink in their game Saturday against Washington State University at Autzen Stadium.

Pink helmets. Pink cleats. Pink socks and gloves.

The gesture goes deeper than the Ducks merely switching from one Hi-Liter color to another. It’s intended to create awareness and to honor cancer survivors.

“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,” UO head football coach Mark Helfrich said in a statement.

Nike, which supplied the gear, and the university will auction 25 pink helmets to raise money for the fund, which was founded in 2007 by former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. She died of breast cancer in 2009.

Five pink helmets will be auctioned online each day for five consecutive days beginning Saturday night. They’ll include autographed versions by Helfrich and notable Oregon alumni such as Dan Fouts, Joey Harrington, Ahmad Rashad and Phil Knight.

For more information, visit www.kayyow.com/ducks .

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