As everyone knows, October is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Month. The National Football League shows their support every year during the month of October by hosting pink-out games and wearing pink colored accessories such as cleats, gloves, and decals. On Sunday, The Washington Redskins hosted a home game (one of the last teams to do so for this month) against the bears and showed their support in a huge way.
The Redskins was actually the first team to bring awareness to this important cause in 1999. They became involved with Zeta Tau Alpha whose philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and each year raises money for the cause. That first year, the team pasted out 8,000 pink ribbons. The Redskins got the ball rolling and now the entire NFL is involved with showing support.
On Sunday, members of many ZTA chapters and CareFirst passed out over 51,000pamphlets that had tips on breast health and THINK-PINK ribbons. Fifteen years after it started, Sunday, they passed out their 5 millionth ribbon in front of a full stadium all wearing pink ribbons.
To start out the game, members of Zeta Tau Alpha and 20 All-Star Survivors helped to form a tunnel to welcome the players onto the field. Then the members of ZTA, all wearing pink, formed a human pink ribbon on the 50-yard line where they remained for the playing of the National Anthem.
Tanya Snyder, who is a Breast Cancer survivor herself and was one of the people to help in getting the NFL involved, joined the Zetas in the middle of the field and addressed how much progress has been made and how grateful she is of the NFL for their help and support in the cause and said, “I’m proud of all of the ZTAs and everybody; it’s been a grassroots effort to make this happen.”