Friday Night Pinks


Amanda Bledsoe

A. Bledsoe

Thursday Sept. 24 will be the 5th annual Friday Night Pinks, a football game between Loveland and Kings that will help support and raise money to fight breast cancer in association with the Pink Ribbon Girls Foundation.

Started in 2010, the Kings and Loveland football programs teamed up with the Pink Ribbon girls to form Friday Night Pinks. Pink Ribbon Girls is a local organization that was founded in Cincinnati 14 years ago.

Their mission is to “balance the fear and uncertainty that breast cancer brings to women and their families. By providing free meals, housecleaning, transportation to treatment and peer support to families affected with breast cancer.”

One local member of Pink Ribbon girls, Stephanie Kleiner, praised the organization.

”Pink Ribbon Girls is more to me than just an organization, it’s a family,” she said. “They made my journey, then and still to this day, so much easier to get through.” 

To help raise money, Kings and Loveland sell Friday Night Pinks shirts to wear at the game. Last year Kings and Loveland together sold over 1,200 shirts which is much more than any other school hosting a pink game. Sponsors for the game include Borcherding Buick GMC, which adds to fundraising and supports the services that Pink Ribbon Girls provides their families.

“We love partnering with the school and getting involved with the students,” said Jan Middleton, organizer of Friday Night Pinks. “It gives us a chance to talk with them about these health issues and give them an opportunity to give back to their community.”

In the King’s community there have been many that have been affected by breast cancer including many employees. The Kings community, staff members and students rally around this game and the Red Sea becomes a Sea of Pink for one night as a way to honor all those impacted by this disease.

“We live in a great community that is willing to support many causes,” said Middleton. “But making the decision to have the pink game every year on the night of the Kings-Loveland game makes this a fun tradition that many look forward to every year.”

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