About 1 in 8 U.S. women fall victim to breast cancer in their life. Breast cancer incidence rates have been on the rise, as between 1974 and 1990, the incident rate in the United States rose 24%. Breast cancer has become an epidemic and has affected many families, even at Bullis. In response to this crisis, Bullis is participating in the Play4TheCure program to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Bullis’ goal is to raise $1,000 to donate to Play4TheCure. Through the efforts of Mr. Horsey, the Bullis Athletic Department, and SGA, pink t-shirts are now available to purchase for $20 for all students up until October 11th. All proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research’s Play4TheCure program.
Founded in 2006, Play4The Cure is an athletic fundraising program for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The NFCR provides funding worldwide to the best scientists to enable cutting edge research that other large cancer organizations cannot fund. Play4TheCure inspires young athletes and their teams to leverage their passion for sports to play for those impacted by breast cancer. “My goal is for everyone to participate. I’m trying to find the best way to get everyone to participate, which is why this year we opened it up to the sports teams and let them purchase shirts first, wear them, and then as a collective community have them sold at lunch for the football game, instead of just focusing on the football game like we did in previous years” explained Mr. Horsey, the organizer of Play4TheCure at Bullis.
“I’ve done Play4TheCure for three years here at Bullis, but I did it for four years prior to coming to Bullis with other schools” stated Horsey.
During the month of October, all Bullis Varsity teams will participate in a pink out game to raise awareness to find a cure for breast cancer. Pink games kicked off with Boys Varsity Soccer on October 1st again St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. “We all wore our Play for the Cure pink shirts for warmups before the game. Most of us wore pink tape around our wrists” said Varsity Soccer member Joey Friedlander (‘20). “Since our game was at 6:00 pm, we went to other games before like field hockey and tennis and supported them” stated Friedlander. The Varsity Girls Tennis team came out victorious 6-1 over Episcopal High School 6-1 in their pink match. “Most people wore the pink shirts all game” said Varsity Tennis athlete Shannon Dunwell (‘20). “The entire warmup with us along with the soccer team was very pink and I think the other team was intimidated” Dunwell also pointed out. Varsity Field Hockey played a hard fought game against George Visitation on October 3rd, but fell short in a 1-0 loss. “We wore our play for the cure warmup shirts along with pink eye black, pre wrap and pink stripes on our socks. Our team really came together and fought until the end of our game” said field hockey left forward Meghan Simpson (‘21).
On October 4th, Varsity Volleyball edged out DC International in a 3-2 win in their pink match.
Varsity Girls Soccer lost in a tough game to the Potomac School 3-0 on October 7th. “We had pink ribbons in our hair and put pink tape on our right socks. The game was actually very good and we played well” said varsity squad member Sara Jacobi (‘20).
Varsity Football will play the final Bullis 2019 pink out game on Friday, October 11th. “We all support the cause and love that everyone is getting involved” emphasized defensive tackle Will Green (‘20).
“Unfortunately, we can’t wear our pink shirts during warmups, but we’re excited to wear them during school to show our support and we hope everyone joins in and turns our stadium pink on Friday” stated Green.