SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – For the past three seasons, the Syracuse Men’s club ice hockey team has hosted a “Pink the Rink” game in honor of breast cancer awareness. Every October the team dedicates their time to raise money and spread awareness for the cause. The month is ended with the “Pink the Rink” game where the players switch out their normal white home jerseys for pink ones that feature the pink ribbon we all are so familiar with.
At the game, you can also find tables with lanterns and other objects honoring passed cancer fighters and those still at battle. At the end of the game, the team presents a large check made out to the Susan G. Komen foundation. In the past, Susan G. Komen, herself has come to speak with the team. She made time to educate them on how they are helping and where the money they have raised is going.
The 2020-2021 season has been postponed due to COVID-19. The fact that the team hasn’t hit the ice yet didn’t stop them from still participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“And it’s really not just about just the game it’s really that month leading up to it which is the whole process.” says team captain Ford Hatchett.
The team has taken to social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to spread the word that “Pink the Rink” is still happening. Having raised almost $20,000 in three years, the team wasn’t going to let COVID stop them. The team manager, Bridget Essing, said “The nature of the fundraiser is always virtual,” so it wasn’t too detrimental to the amount of money raised overall.
Speaking for his team, Captain Hatchett said, “It’s really inspiring…it means everything to us.”
You can learn more about the team and “Pink the Rink” here https://twitter.com/syracusehockey
You can join the team virtually to end breast cancer and donate here https://twitter.com/SusanGKomen