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Date
October 24, 2011

Laces Banned

On one California football field, players can't wear pink laces.
Transcript

Gary: If you have watched any NFL, college, or high school games this month, you have probably noticed a lot of pink. Teams are wearing the color in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But one team isn’t — at least not anymore.

This month, Jacob Lewis, whose had family members battle breast cancer, wore pink socks, shoe laces and wrist bands. He plays for his Lemoore High School freshmen team in Lemoore, California.

“Support breast cancer. It’s cool. Something different.”

Gary: A couple of other players wore pink too. But last week, the school put a swift end to it. Lemoore’s principal issued a statement saying, ‘We need our kids to be in uniform on the field. We definitely support breast cancer awareness. If we are going to do anything in respect to wearing pink, we are going to do it as a team, not as an individual.’

In order to meet the dress code requirement, Jacob’s mom says she offered to buy pink socks for the entire team so they would all match. But she says she was told, ‘no thanks.’

What stood out even more, the team Lemoore played against Thursday night was covered in pink, including towels made in support of a player’s mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

The team says it is unfair they can’t wear pink. But for now, they are focusing on the game.

Gary Hamilton, Channel One News.

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