Soccer players turn pink to raise money for DHS Foundation

It’s even harder to count all the good things that come from the annual “Pink Out” soccer game than it is to tally the goals scored for such a great cause.

This year will be the fourth year for the fundraising contest between Elkins Middle School’s boys and girls soccer teams. The friendly rivalry will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Riverbend Park in Elkins.

Mountain Valley Bank will sponsor the event for the fourth consecutive year, allowing all proceeds to directly benefit people through the foundation.

“The past three years we’ve been right about or just over $1,000,” said Amanda Larkin, an assistant soccer coach and one of the organizers of the Pink Out game. “Hopefully we can surpass that this year.”

Benefits extend beyond just the fundraising, however.

‘The kids really get a lot out of it and can see the impact they’re making,” Larkin said. “They understand it’s not about winning or losing, but about something bigger.”

Members of the community benefit from the increased awareness of breast cancer, which affected Larkin’s mother. Each year members of the team sign soccer balls that remain on display at The Davis House to help inspire those battling cancer themselves.

Although Sara Ware is coaching the girls and Ron Ware the boys this season, Larkin wanted to remain involved with the special game.

All of the players are decked out in pink, and special pink soccer balls are used. The EMS band will play, and for the first year the cheerleaders will be involved as well. It’s all connected to the signature color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is pink.

In addition to donations accepted at the gate for admission to the game, people can support the cause in several other ways. All concession money goes to the foundation, and the popular basket raffle will be back for 2013 as well.

People have a chance to buy tickets for a wide variety of prizes.

“Parents make and donate baskets with their own themes,” she explained. “We’ve had board games, an Italian meal night, manicures and pedicures, gift cards, an art basket. You never know what you’re going to get until that night, but they’re always great.”

For more information about the game or the Davis Health System Foundation, call 304-630-3043.