The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue their commitment to breast cancer awareness and supporting the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign.
The team incorporated many awareness elements into its home game on October 3 when the Buccaneers hosted the Indianapolis Colts for Monday Night Football. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the ZTA sorority distributed pink ribbons to fans outside all gates and club entrances and children with parents battling breast cancer led the team onto the field during pre-game introductions. Before kickoff, the Buccaneers recognized Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats and his wife Cat as the team’s honorary captains. Sheriff Coats retired in 2011 after 40 years in law enforcement to spend time with Cat while she battles breast cancer. Buccaneers cheerleaders lined the field in pink uniforms, and players, coaches and referees wore pink apparel.
During the game, the team aired a public service announcement on the stadium’s BucVision boards by linebacker Adam Hayward, encouraging women to get mammograms. Hayward, who lost his mother to breast cancer, is an active spokesman for breast cancer awareness. For his involvement in fundraising and support for research to combat the deadly disease, he was named Ambassador for the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Buccaneers also donated $5,000 to My Hope Chest, a nonprofit organization that assists uninsured women with reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy.
There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. The key to breast cancer survival is early detection.