By Alicia Dziak

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the community will be holding their annual SGI Pink Out football game on Friday, Oct. 13. SGI football players, cheerleaders, and fans will be wearing pink, as the SGI Griffins take on Olean in the last home football game of the season.

This event is part of the Pink Out Western New York Sports event to raise funds for the ECMC Mobile Mammography Coach, a.k.a. “the big pink bus,” which brings life-saving breast cancer screening to women in their own communities.

This is truly a community event, with many groups pitching in to make it a success.

The high school’s sports marketing class is planning to do two special promotions: the Best Seat in the House and the Mascot Race.

According to SGI high school business teacher Eric Holler, “Students who donate to ECMC foundation will receive a ticket for a chance to win seat on a couch for the football game.  The couch will be just outside the end zone and covered by a canopy.” Winner of the best seat promotion will also have food delivered to them.

The Mascot Race will get fans cheering on their favorite. “Several local businesses have donated to the ECMC Foundation for the opportunity to have a ‘mascot’ run in a race at halftime,” explained Holler. “Representatives from S & S Taxidermy, Sheret Jewelers, Straightline Masonry, Jake’s Greenhouse and Gus the Griffin will race around the track.  The track will have three sets of obstacles: hay bales, tires and pumpkins.”

Holler added that students will also be shooting t-shirts into the crowd.

Guests can also purchase Pink Out merchandise, including bracelets and beads, as well as baked goods and chili, provided by the SGI Cheerleaders and the Springville Football Fanatics, and there will also be cotton candy and kettle corn for sale.

The Springville Faculty Association (SFA) will adorn the fences of Pop Warner field with pink “I Stand With” signs, showing support for those who have fought or are fighting cancer.

The ECMC Mobile Mammography Coach will be parked at Pop Warner field that night. Over the years, this mobile mammography clinic has helped thousands of women get screened for breast cancer. (There will be no mammograms offered the night of the game; however, information on how to schedule appointments will be available.)

This Friday, get decked out in pink and get ready to support your hometown Griffs, all in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pre-game events will start at Pop Warner field at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7.