Francis Scott Key tickled pink over awareness campaign

Members of the Francis Scott Key High School field hockey team embraced the mission of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hosted events and fundraisers to increase awareness and raise money for cancer research.

According to field hockey coach Danielle Unflat, the team collected donations at school-related sporting events — both home and away — collected change during lunches and accepted other donations online and in-person.

Part of the month included a "challenge" from the school's girls soccer team — which was also raising money through a special "Kick Cancer" event.

The culminating event for the field hockey team was a "pink out" event during the team's game against Walkersville. Parents, students, faculty and friends joined the effort to wear pink — and the team won, 1-0.

Unflat said that, overall, the squad collected more than $1,700 through its outreach efforts.

"I am so proud of the girls and what they've accomplished," she said.

The photos shown here were submitted by local photographer Ed Sheahin, who attended the Walkersville game. He said the team, "not only participated in the breast cancer awareness event by dying their hair pink, they were enthusiastic, positive and fiercely focused."

Sheahin also noted that toward the end of the game, the FSK football team, which had been practicing nearby, came to the sidelines to support the field hockey squad, showing "their school spirit and support for their fellow students," he said.

Clockwise from top left, coach Danielle Unflat is decked out in what she described as her "crazy pink hair," accented by a cancer awareness bandanna, which was given to her by the field hockey team captains.

Top right, members of the team celebrate the 1-0 victory over Walkersville. And above, members of the Francis Scott Key football team show solidarity on the sidelines.

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