EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks will have a new look for Saturday’s game against Washington State, a little pop of color with a powerful meaning.
There always seems to be anticipation over what the Ducks will wear come game day. But the latest uniform has already gone viral in a way that the team is hoping could not only get people excited but change lives.
It’s not the typical color scheme we typically see sported at Autzen Stadium.
“It’s going to look great on television, but it’s even going to look better in person,” said Craig Pintens, Senior Associate Athletic Director.
This week, the Oregon Ducks are pretty passionate about pink. Hints of hot pink on the gloves, socks and cleats. But it’s the headpiece that’s getting head turns.
“If anyone is going to do it first, it’s going to be the University of Oregon,” Pintens said.
A bright pink shimmery helmet is what everyone is talking about.
“To have an actual pink helmet is going to make quite a statement, and again, for such a great cause,” Pintens said.
“All I could say was just, ‘Wow!’ It’s an awesome helmet. It’s an awesome uniform design,” said Sue Donohoe, Kay Yow Fun Executive Director.
The hope is this fashion-forward thinking will further Kay Yow Cancer Fund‘s mission of spreading awareness and raising money to prevent all cancers that affect women. Kay Yow was the former head coach of the women’s basketball team at North Carolina State University. She died of breast cancer back in 2009. Yow was a part of the Nike family.
So at kickoff on Saturday, the helmets will be auctioned off–five of them each day for five consecutive days.
“What a meaningful partnership between us and the University of Oregon, since we announced the initiative this morning, 9 a.m. Eastern time, it’s been non-stop craziness. The best kind of craziness you could imagine,” Donohoe said.
You can get a piece of the pink. An untraditional Oregon color, but one worn with pride.
“(I) think it’s such a great tribute to breast cancer survivors all across the country,” Donohoe said.
At kickoff you can go to www.kayyow.com/ducks to start bidding. The helmets will start at $14 and go up in increments of $14. That was Coach Yow’s number.
Some of the helmets will also be signed by Coach Helfrich, Phil Knight and some other Oregon legends. All of the proceeds will go to cancer research.