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October 17, 2013The University of Oregon will add another color to their rainbow palette on Saturday for their night game against visiting Washington State. This will not be a permanent addition to the scheme but instead will support a cause dear to many.
Oregon issued a statement on Thursday:
Coming together in support of a common cause, the University of Oregon will rally a larger team to battle one opponent that touches us all: cancer. The Ducks will take the field on Saturday wearing uniforms to honor cancer survivors and help raise money for the fight against women's cancers.
Nike and the University of Oregon have partnered for many years during the month of October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, the Ducks' will wear pink Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, pink Nike Vapor Carbon Elite socks and pink Vapor Jet gloves in combination with their black Nike Pro Combat uniform system. In addition, this year the Ducks will punctuate their look with bold pink helmets. The special edition BCA uniforms are designed to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as the team stands united in their support to help find a cure for women's cancers.
"Cancer has touched so many lives and hopefully, together with Nike and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, we can help create awareness and help raise money for the fight against women's cancers" said Oregon Football Head Coach Mark Helfrich. "It is an honor to join Coach Yow's team in a fight that unites us all."
In support, Nike and the University of Oregon will auction a limited number of the Ducks' pink helmets to raise funds in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund with all proceeds from the auction donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. At kick-off on Saturday, October 19, five helmets will be released each day for five consecutive days, including autographed versions by University of Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich and Oregon legends Dan Fouts, Joey Harrington, Ahmad Rashad and Phil Knight.
After practice on Thursday the Oregon head coach added some more insights into the process.
"The neat part about most of this is that it is player-driven," explained Helfrich. "Our guys meet with the NIKE people throughout the year, whether it's uniforms or gloves, different kinds of stuff. The advancements that they are trying to make equipment-wise. Our guys have some feedback that they have given them and this is an example of that."
The game is set for a 7:00 pm kickoff for the nation's No. 2-ranked team and their improved Pac-12 foe.