Source: Darren Rovell / ESPN
Nike revealed Thursday morning that the University of Oregon football team, which it sponsors and of which Nike chairman Phil Knight is an alumnus and its biggest booster, will wear pink cleats, socks, gloves and helmets for its home game against Washington State on Saturday.
The world’s largest shoe and apparel company and the school have partnered in the past to wear pink to support October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but this is the first time the school, known for its variety of uniform combinations, will wear pink helmets.
The helmets also will help to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charity that has raised $2.6 million for scientific research and programs associated with women’s cancers. Its namesake, former North Carolina State women’s basketball Kay Yow, succumbed to breast cancer in 2009.
Nike says 25 helmets will be auctioned over the course of the week beginning Saturday. To add to the value of the helmets, some will be autographed by Oregon legends, including former quarterbacks Dan Fouts and Joey Harrington, former wide receiver Ahmad Rashad and Nike’s Knight.
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