For the Collinsville girls soccer team, wearing pink isn’t a fashion statement -- it’s a weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
The Kahoks will hold their inaugural “Kick Out Cancer” game when they play host to Alton Marquette at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’ve seen it in a lot of other sports, mostly volleyball, where they have a breast cancer awareness match,” Collinsville coach Clay Smith said. “As a coach, I’ve always wanted to do something to give back to the community, but it’s hard to do that off the field because we’re so busy.
“My coaches and I decided we would do something for the Alton Marquette game, where we’ll turn the whole stadium pink and we’ll sell breast cancer awareness T-shirts.”
Collinsville will be wearing pink uniforms and pink socks and all of the proceeds from the game will go to the American Cancer Society.
“We’ll have a 50-50 drawing and there will be an opportunity for younger girls in the community to walk on to the field with our starters,” Smith said. “We’ll play with pink soccer balls and the girls will autograph them and raffle them off after the game. There will also be silent auction items.
“My assistant coach, Jodie Bales, has kind of taken over as the organizer for the event. This is something that’s near and dear to her heart and she’s done a tremendous job with it. We’re hoping for a good turnout.”
Marquette, as the visiting team, will also do its part to make the event a success.
“I contacted Rob (Moginot), their head coach, and we’ve gotten them pink uniforms, which they’ll wear as well during warmups, and they’ll wear their traditional blue when they play us,” Smith said. “Both teams, JV and varsity, are getting free T-shirts, and a lot of their parents have turned in order forms for T-shirts. They’re more than willing to give to the cause.”
The Explorers, who entered this week with a 5-2 record, are the defending Class 1A state champions.
“We went there last year and they played us strong,” Smith said. “We ended up getting the win, but it was a hard-fought game. Anytime you play a defending state champion, it’s not going to be an easy game.”