Syracuse Men’s Ice Hockey: Pink the Rink Pink the Rink

(“I should say that it’s a game we anticipate playing for a few weeks in advance and it’s really a month long process and it’s the game it’s the culmination of all of our efforts. And so I think as a group we really cherish that moment and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. And it’s really not just about just the game it’s really that month leading up to it which is the whole process.”)

In October, the Syracuse My Talking team always hosts a game called tinkering here infinity is this game x is a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in breast cancer. As I mentioned before, despite not being able to actually be on the ISIS Still, the team still feels the need to be advocates for the cause.

(“And to kind of cap off the fundraiser we have a game home game either Friday or Saturday night, where the players will put on pink jerseys as opposed to the normal white home jerseys, and they have you know the Susan G. Komen pink ribbon on them and we’ll have the promo table with like lanterns and just things designated to the survivors that we’re presenting when we play, or doing our best on social media to kind of still do that outreach to our family members and friends and relatives that have survived, but we just can’t do it in person at the game, so”)

(“it’s really inspiring and it makes you want to do a little bit more that you’re so privileged to you know be healthy and have the resources and ability to go out and raise money to try to put an end to this. It means everything to us.”)

“Ellie Huffman, N-C-C News”

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

You can join the team virtually to end breast cancer and donate here

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