Campus community buys every shirt available for cause

October 16, 2015

By Clare Danner
communication ’19

OCT. 16 -- Trine University will wrap up “Think Pink Week,” a special week observing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a couple of athletic contests this weekend.

The goal of this week, according to Alex Rossmann, director of Student Activities, is “to bring awareness to the realities of cancer in our lives and support the research to end cancer.”

Rossmann’s team raised $3,000 for a breast cancer foundation when it sold out T-shirts for the commemorative week. These long-sleeved, gray T-shirts feature a graphic reading “Trine Thinks Pink” and were available for $10 in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center mall during lunch hours. After four days of sales, all 300 shirts were purchased, and $3,000 in proceeds went to Theta Phi Alpha’s support of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Anyone attending an athletic contest at Trine this weekend is encouraged to come dressed in pink. On Saturday, the women’s soccer team kicks off against St. Mary’s College at noon. On Tuesday, the men’s soccer team plays Albion College at 4 p.m. and the volleyball team faces Hope College at 6:30 p.m.

Prior to the volleyball game Tuesday, all students and staff are encouraged to attend the Pink Tailgate co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the east parking lot of Hershey Hall. Food and drinks will be provided at this alcohol-free event and prizes will be given to the first 25 guests.

The Office of Student Services encourages members of the Trine community to tweet photos of themselves and their friends in their favorite pink gear throughout the remainder of October, tagging @TrineLiveWell. Pictures showing support of breast cancer awareness may also be posted to the Trine Live Well Facebook Wall. A grand prize will be awarded to the “most spirited” pink outfit.

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