Aaron Radford is ready to don his light pink t-shirt and even pink socks.
Whatever it takes to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the upcoming high-school event that he has dubbed “Kicks for the Cure.”
There’s already plenty at stake when Radford’s Kentwood girls soccer team takes on Kentlake on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. at French Field. Both are playoff contenders in the South Puget Sound League 4A North Division.
But Radford and Kentlake coach Kyle Jones want the match to have an even bigger impact on the communities of Covington, Kent and Black Diamond. So their players have been involved in fund-raisers to benefit cancer awareness groups — including pre-sales of $5 pink t-shirts at Kentwood and Kentlake that continue through Thursday.
Players and coaches from both teams will be wearing pink tops for the Oct. 24 match. Kentwood will wear light pink, while Kentlake suits up in a darker “hot” pink. Fans and supporters who have purchases t-shirts are encouraged to wear them at the match and Radford said a limited supply will be available for sale at French Field that day.
“We’re hoping to pink-out the stadium, essentially,” he said.
Radford and his wife, Tara, began brainstorming about possible community service and fund-raiser events for the Kentwood girls team last summer. Tara’s mother and grandmother are both breast cancer survivors and the idea for this type of event came together.
“It all just snowballed from there,” Radford said.
Local businesses have donated items to be raffled off during the match.
Radford said he hopes this becomes an annual event.
Sounds like it should be a great match, a lot of fun, and a lot of pink.