The Winters Mill High School team colors are maroon and white, but over the last week athletic teams have donned pink colors with their uniforms and have raised more than $4,000 for breast cancer awareness in the process.
"It felt really good to come together and support this cause as a school," junior soccer play Morgan Stewart said. "It was a lot of fun."
The Winters Mill High School community has raised $4,625 since Oct. 1 through its second annual "Pink Out" campaign in support of breast cancer awareness.
The school raised the funds through T-shirt sales and on-site events at field hockey, football, and soccer games last week. Winters Mill raised about $1,000 last year through the "Pink Out" campaign.
The tradition was started during the Winters Mill and Westminster football game as a way for student athletes and fans to help promote cancer awareness, according to Heather Zophy, president of the Winters Mill Athletic Boosters.
The funds raised this year will be divided amongst three organizations, including the Stacey Davis Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Cancer Research Foundation for Breast Cancer, and Gina's Warriors, a fund to help a local woman offset expenses related to her cancer diagnosis.
The Stacey Davis Breast Cancer Foundation was created in the memory or Winters Mill senior Christian Davis.
"We are honored to have the proceeds from the 'Pink Out' benefit the foundation that helps so many Carroll County residents fighting breast cancer," Aaron Davis, Christian's father, said in a statement. "To see an entire high school community coming together in support of this important cause is incredible."
Most Carroll County high schools have an event or a fundraiser, sometimes through athletic teams, in October to support breast cancer awareness.