For the next few days, penalty flags will garner more attention than usual.
This month is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and high school football officials are getting involved to help raise awareness by giving penalty flags a new look.
Starting Thursday, officials will replace the traditional yellow penalty flags with blue flags during varsity games played through Saturday.
This is the sixth year the campaign entitled “Coaches Against Cancer” has been in place. It’s sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Executive Director of the Washington Officials Association Todd Stordahl was quoted in the press release issued by the association.
Stordahl said: “In most situations, officials want to avoid attention during games, but for three days we are hoping to attract a little attention with every penalty that is called…By switching to blue flags, it will at least make the fans notice that something is different. This is a great way for the officials to participate in an activity that will help bring awareness to something that has had an impact on many lives including some of those who are out on the field as officials.”