As a high school student in America, Football games are a big deal. Even as an elementary school student, kids from the high school would come to an assembly at our school once a year to hype us up about football and encourage us to go to the games.
I never really liked sports. Football games are boring to me and do not make sense. I would rather watch a musical than sit through a football game. Whether you live for football or could not care less, there is no denying that this sport is a huge part of American culture, from big leagues to high school.
I am a senior in high school as I am writing this. Since my freshman year I always wanted to get the football team involved in raising awareness for childhood cancer. Football runs in the fall and I was always too scared to ask as a brand new student. My thought was I will hand out gold ribbons next year to raise awareness through football...then COVID happened.
Senior year we are all back in school and football is back. I put my plan into action and gave the coach a stack of gold ribbon stickers to hand out for the team to put on their helmet. The coach accepted. For the first time ever I actually wanted to go to a football game. When I got to the game to sing the national anthem with my choir I saw a sea of gold ribbons on our teams helmet. I wanted to cry tears of joy but I knew that would ruin my voice. This is the image I had in my head since freshman year of raising awareness through football and it was finally happening. During the game I got a lot of comments asking about the ribbons and creating conversation about pediatric cancer.
In America, it is not common for sports teams to wear gold in September for childhood cancer awareness month, but it is expected that all teams wear pink in October to support breast cancer awareness month. This applies to the NFL teams and small high school teams. Pink ribbons have taken over the field for decades. Pediatric cancer is not as marketable as breast cancer and gold is forgotten about. Seeing that sea of gold made me so emotional. Though I go to a small school in Massachusetts, it is a start to getting the NFL to go gold in September too.
I encourage all high school or college students to talk to their coach about bringing gold on the field. One of the reasons why breast cancer has such a high survival rate is because awareness is brought to the issues. Everyone knows what the pink ribbon means, I think it is time the gold ribbon gets that type of attention. Awareness and representation matters. Not one game did I see any other football team wear gold ribbons, only us.
I would also like to add that our team won the first game they played with the gold ribbons on their helmet. I do not remember the exact score,I think 17-0. Our team also won the play offs with the gold ribbons on their helmet. Who knows, it might also bring your team good luck!
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