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Monticello High School soccer field will go pink for breast cancer awareness

Sept. 18, 2015

When the Panthers take the field at the 4th Annual Robert Van Etten Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m., they’ll have one thing in common — a desire to defeat breast cancer.

The soccer field at Monticello High School will be outfitted with pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The district’s Plant Operations Department donated the materials and will donate their labor for the project. The field will be painted pink and stenciled with breast cancer awareness ribbons on Oct. 1, in time for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Tournament against Fallsburg, Liberty and Eldred. The football field will be painted Blue for panther pride making it look electric during their game against Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Plant Operations Department Supervisor Joe Bermo said the donation was part of an effort to not only “support a great cause,” but to work on a local level to help other entities do the same.

“This is a cause that is close to my heart. My mother lost a courageous fight with this disease several years ago and I know how strongly it affects so many women and their families,” he said. “This is my way of honoring my mother and everyone else whose lives it has touched.”

Athletic Director James Ryan said that the school will also add highlights of pink by having the Girls Varsity Soccer team wear pink jersey’s for their games on this day.

“As a district and community, we are happy to help bring awareness to this important cause,” he said. “What we do here in Monticello could potentially help many people.”

Proceeds from the games will be given to The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Foundation.

Attendees are also encouraged to wear pink at the event.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer fundraising and awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight through non-competitive 5K walk events. Click here for more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.