The hallway outside the Mount de Sales gym has been cluttered with pink hearts and basketball players this week, as the Sailors prepare for their first Pink Out game Friday night to benefit the Breast Center at nearby St. Agnes Hospital.
Senior Katie Sauter and junior Eve Lukowski, who spearheaded the Pink Out, said they hope to raise at least $750 by selling pink paper hearts for $1 in memory of someone affected by breast cancer. They will be posted on a Wall of Hearts. The players also will have a bake sale Friday and later, will sell flower grams to the Mount de Sales students for Valentine’s Day.
“It really does mean a lot that everybody helped out so much, especially Eve,” said Sauter, whose mother Carol Sauter died from breast cancer in April.
“Last year, we did flower grams. We sold flowers during Valentines Day," she said. "The basketball team was in charge of that too, but this year we decided to take it a step further and try to raise more money. We actually have some of the nurses and doctors from St. Agnes coming to the game. They’re going to set up a booth as well as having screening information to try and spread the word.”
The Pink Out games will tip off with the J.V. game at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 5:30 at Mount de Sales' Constance and Samuel Pistorio Sports Complex. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness.
“We play Severn and the word has gotten out to them,” Lukowski said, “and they’re going to be showing their support by wearing pink and doing whatever they can as well.”
The Sailors will wear new pink uniforms, donated by J.V. player Grace Smoot’s father Anton Smoot from A and G Designs.
The Pink Out program, which Sauter and Lukowski hope will become an annual event, is student driven, Mount de Sales athletic director Gene Williams said.
“They’ve come up with the idea," Williams said. "They’ve worked with our assistant athletic director Clare Audy, who really has been the helping force along with Judi Lanciotti, our vice principal. They’ve really done the majority of the work and really pushed hard to make this a really good, viable, efficient program and the girls have been making good use of their time cutting out hearts that they’re going to sell."
The first part of the Sailors’ fundraiser went extremely well. The sold key chains emblazoned with “Fight Like a Girl,” and more than 200 of them sold out in three days.