Oregon wearing pink helmets Saturday against WA State

Oregon rocking pink helmets this Saturday for breast cancer awareness

10/17/13 in NCAAF   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Oregon wearing pink helmets Saturday against WA StateYou’ve seen some outlandish and psychedelic uniforms on the Oregon Ducks football team before, but you've never seen those Ducks don pink. The No. 2-ranked Oregon Ducks will be in the pink this Saturday against the Washington State Cougars. The Ducks will wear pink helmets, cleats, socks and gloves in homage to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Don't worry -- the pink will not be iridescent, camouflage, nor be equipped with bizarre wings or fake radial tire patterns on the corners. They are just straight-up pink cleats, socks and gloves, and the helmets are normal pink helmets with the 'O' insignia on the side.

Well, "normal pink helmets" as far as pink football helmets go.

Blog Photo - Oregon wearing pink helmets Saturday against WA StateThe Oregon Ducks will wear pink helmets, plus pink pink cleats, socks and gloves for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this Saturday in their 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT home game against Washington State. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

"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” Oregon Football Head Coach Mark Helfrich said in a press release. “It is an honor to join Coach Yow’s team in a fight that unites us all."

The helmets will be auctioned off and proceeds donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. I'd prefer to mention whether the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a legit charity or a "mostly pays its executives" charity, but CharityWatch.org does not have a listing for them.

Kay Yow was the North Carolina State women's basketball and US Olympics women's basketball team coach until she succumbed to breast cancer in 2009.

If you're a big Nike gear aficionado, be aware that pink gear being donned are Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, pink Nike Vapor Carbon Elite socks and pink Vapor Jet gloves. The uniform itself is called the Nike Pro Combat uniform, which means that it is mostly black but you can still see it from a mile away.

"Combat", indeed.
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