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It’s October and NFL continues fight against Cancer with annual campaign

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL AND AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CONTINUE

DECADE-LONG FIGHT AGAINST CANCER WITH

CRUCIAL CATCH

  • Since 2012, NFL funding has contributed to 209,900 cancer screenings nationwide
  • More than $18.5 million has been raised and donated to ACS through the partnership
  • NFL players including Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson and Eli Harold talk about cancer’s impact on their lives through new social media campaign

For the 10th year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are working together to support the fight against cancer through “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer.” The initiative, which kicks off with this weekend’s games and continues through Week 7 games, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers.

Since 2009, more than $18.5 million has been raised and donated to ACS through the partnership. Funds donated through Crucial Catch this season will be directed toward support of three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Program, a community-based grant program that provides grant opportunities to community health centers to support systems-level change and increased access to low- or no-cost cancer screenings in underserved communities.

Though NFL funding, ACS has also recently awarded $3.2 million in grants to 32 health systems in the 32 NFL markets to address disparities in breast cancer mortality that exist among women of color. Grant funded health systems will receive $100,000 over two years.

Since 2012, CHANGE grants have contributed to 209,900 screenings and have reached more than 632,000 individuals with education, screening reminders and patient navigation. In addition, the NFL will work with ACS and CHANGE grant recipients to host education sessions and/or screenings in their communities, and many NFL teams will participate in these educational activities, bringing these life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most. ​

As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS created THE DEFENDER, a digital tool, which provides consumers, including New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with personalized tips to reduce their cancer risk. The free, user-friendly tool allows fans to take control of their health and increase their understanding of how healthy lifestyle habits can help reduce their cancer risk. Fans may access The Defender at TheDefender.cancer.org.  Fans who complete the Defender will have the option to donate to ACS and enter for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, inclusive of travel and other Super Bowl-related events, as part of an ACS contest.

This year’s campaign includes new digital features where NFL players talk about cancer’s impact on their lives. Players including Vikings quarterback KIRK COUSINS, Lions linebacker ELI HAROLD and Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON participated in the videos. Please visit www.nfl.com/crucialcatch to learn all the ways teams are supporting Crucial Catch this month.

Crucial Catch also reaches the youth and high school football community across the country. With the help of USA Football, Carolina Panthers Head Coach RON RIVERA sent a note to youth and high school football coaches nationally, offering ideas for how schools and teams can join the fight against cancer. Interested teams may visit cancer.org/youthcrucialcatch to sign up, pledge to fundraise for ACS, and download a toolkit to support their Crucial Catch game.

NFL-issued Crucial Catch gameday apparel will feature a multi-colored logo representing all cancers. NFL teams have the option of supporting early detection and risk-reduction efforts for one or multiple cancers in-stadium and in their communities. In addition, players may wear cleats, shoelaces and wristbands in any color representing the type of cancer awareness they support and/or have been impacted by during their team’s Crucial Catch game.

Beginning on Sunday and continuing through Week 7, NFL Crucial Catch games will feature:

·        Game balls with the Crucial Catch logo

·        Multi-colored equipment for players including: helmet decals, captains’ patches, cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, sideline towels, quarterback towels and shoelaces.

·        Multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams

·        Caps and pins for game officials

·        On-field multi-colored Crucial Catch stencils

·        Multi-colored goal post wraps in end zones

·        Field-wall banners in the color(s) of the cancer awareness movement(s) that each club supports

Game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned on NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction). The NFL does not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch merchandise. Charitable contributions are donated to the American Cancer Society to support its CHANGE grant program.

In a partnership between the NFL, ACS and Twitch, starting in October during FOX’s Thursday Night Football games presented by Bud Light, Twitch will donate $1 for every 100 Bits “Cheered” on the Prime Video Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/primevideo). Bits are a virtual good used in Twitch chat that provide viewers with a way to virtually Cheer and support their favorite broadcasts. Bits can be purchased directly from the chat window and appear in chat in the form of gem-shaped animated emotes. The more Bits used, the bigger and more animated the emotes get, illustrating the support of the fans. 100% of all Cheers from these Bits will be donated to ACS.

In support of Crucial Catch, Barclaycard is contributing 1% of all NFL Extra Points card purchases, up to $25,000, in the month of October to the American Cancer Society. In addition, cardmembers have the ability to use points to donate directly to ACS.

The NFL and all 32 teams support Crucial Catch and the fight against cancer all year long. In October, NFL teams designate home games and plan events with local organizations to bring awareness to the cause.

TEAM Selected Cancer(s) Crucial Catch Activations
Arizona Cardinals Breast Cancer The Cardinals “Crucial Catch” game will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 vs. the Broncos. Before the game, the Cardinals will team up with the local ZTA sorority members to hand out Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons to fans as they enter the building. The American Cancer Society will be the beneficiary of the 50 / 50 Raffle. During halftime, 100 Breast Cancer Survivors will perform with the Cardinals Cheerleaders and unfurl a 100′ long Pink Ribbon. Oct. 5, the Arizona Cardinals are sponsoring their 10th annual high school “Pink Game” by supplying two local high schools with pink shoelaces, socks and wristbands. Both teams’ coaches will be provided with BCA hats to use during the game. Cardinals players, mascot Big Red, Cardinals Cheerleaders, and Nicole Bidwill will join Breast Cancer survivors from both schools at halftime for a special presentation. Oct. 22, Cardinals players & Cigna will host a special dinner for Breast Cancer survivors and families at the Saana Sushi & Grill Restaurant in Ahwatukee. The players will display their skills in the art of teppanyaki cooking and serve the guests.
Atlanta Falcons All Cancers At the Falcons Crucial Catch on Oct. 14, there will be various gameday activations and recognition of cancer fighters and survivors. The Atlanta Falcons will host the 10th Annual Dazzle and Dine presented by Grady Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 9 Dazzle and Dine honors those currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as breast cancer survivors for their continued effort in fighting against breast cancer. Dazzle and Dine honorees will be treated to a day of pampering followed by hibachi dinner prepared by Atlanta Falcons players.
Baltimore Ravens All Cancers At the Ravens Crucial Catch game on Oct. 21, the Ravens will honor 40 survivors of all different types of cancer during pregame ceremonies – honorees will consist of Ravens PSL owners. All fans will receive “Today I honor…” placards to personalize in honor of those they know affected by cancer. Fans will be asked to raise the placards at a special moment during the game. In addition to player-organized events, the Ravens will, for the fourth-straight year, host their annual Sip N Paint event at M&T Bank stadium on Monday, Oct. 15. The night will honor breast cancer survivors, as well as those undergoing treatment, with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society. On Friday, Oct. 19, the Ravens will host the weekly Highschool Football Showdown and provide Crucial Catch assets, in addition to American Cancer Society representatives being onsite. The team will also support the local American Cancer Society’s Crucial Catch Day on Oct. 24.
Buffalo Bills All Cancers At the Bills Crucial Catch game against the Titans on Oct. 7, the team will honor 50 cancer survivors on-field with a special pregame ceremony. The Bills will join Great Lakes Cancer Care and the local American Cancer Society to celebrate Crucial Catch the week leading up to the Oct.7 game. The team will host a dinner for breast cancer survivors at New Era Field, as well as a family fun night for families affected by pediatric cancer in the ADPRO Sports Training Center.
Carolina Panthers All Cancers At the Panthers Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7 against the New York Giants, the team will honor 21 pediatric cancer patients from Levine Children’s. During the 2nd quarter, the crowd will be prompted to turn to the children’s suite and give collective hand waves of support to all the children. All patients will have their initials displayed on three Panthers players helmets during the week of Oct 1. A post-practice meet and greet will be held on Oct. 6 in which players will have the opportunity to meet the cancer patients they are playing for on Sunday. The team is partnering with Academy Sports+ Outdoors on Oct 2 to provide five pediatric cancer patients with an exclusive shopping spree with Panthers players Damiere Byrd, Bryan Cox, Jr. and Chris Manhertz. During the month of October, the Panthers will partner with the American Cancer Society to bring Crucial Catch experience to local high schools through the High School Crucial Catch fundraising program, benefitting the CHANGE Grant program.
Chicago Bears Breast Cancer At the Bears’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 21, 50 breast cancer patients and survivors will unfurl a pink ribbon on field during pregame and flag runners will carry pink flags and wear the 2018 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts as they lead the team onto the field. All Bear Down Flag participants will be given a RBFWP shirt to wear on field.  Bears Care, the team’s charitable arm, will be selling 2018 RBFWP shirts throughout October and at the game. On Sept. 25, Bears Care kicked off the team’s annual Real Bears Fans Wear Pink (RBFWP) campaign by hosting more than 50 survivors at Halas Hall and distributing $157,500 in grants to area organizations that provide care, assistance and support to breast cancer patients and their families. During the week leading up to the Oct.21 game, Bears’ players will wear white and pink Advocate Health Care patches on their practice jerseys, which will be auctioned off to fans via the Chicago Bears App. The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will have additional activations throughout the month of October with breast cancer patients and survivors. 20,000 Bears\Advocate Health Care branded blue super hero capes will be distributed to fans and ZTA Sorority will be onsite passing out pink ribbons.
Cincinnati Bengals Breast Cancer At the Bengals’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. During the pregame, more than 100 breast cancer survivors and caregivers will be recognized on-field during a special ceremony, and the team will announce the winner of the 2018 Marvin Lewis Community Fund Pink Football Award, given to an outstanding breast cancer survivor for their strength, courage and perseverance in battling the devastating disease. Prior to the game, TriHealth, the Bengals’ official healthcare provider, will distribute information at its Mammography Van outside the stadium and hand out pink hats at the gates. More than 100 members of Zeta Tau Alpha will distribute pink ribbons to fans as part of its “Think Pink” program.
Cleveland Browns Breast Cancer At the Browns Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, nominated cancer survivors will join the Browns for a special pregame moment to recognize their courageous battle with cancer with the unfurl of the symbolic pink ribbon banner. The First and Ten Coin Toss Captain of the game will be showcased sharing their volunteer story and connection to cancer. Prior to kickoff, members of the ZTA will be distributing pink ribbons to fans entering the gates, marking the 16th anniversary of the ZTA and Browns partnership to raise awareness for breast cancer – to date over 300,000 ribbons have been distributed to Browns fans. Additionally, the American Cancer Society will be sharing information with fans who visit Dawg Pound Drive. All cancers will be celebrated where pink accents will be illustrated through pink Crucial Catch shirts worn by survivors. Kids and their families invited through University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s oncology unit will join us for the game as VIP guests. Browns players will visit UH Seidman Cancer Center to visit patients receiving cancer treatment. The Browns will also have a walk team at the Cleveland Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to help create additional awareness.
Dallas Cowboys All Cancers At the Cowboy’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, the team will host approximately 100 survivors and co-survivors of seven types of cancer. Survivors will participate in a special halftime show and form a human awareness ribbons on the field during the performance. The Cowboys, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will host the fourth annual Star Survivors visit at The Star in Frisco and will be honored during pregame on field. Cowboys staff, their families and fans will once again form TEAM COWBOYS to run / walk at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. On October 11, the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association will team up with Kendra Scott to host a charity shopping night at the jeweler’s Plano location, with a portion of all sales from the event benefiting Komen. The Cowboys, Baylor Scott & White Health and the Komen Foundation will provide low-cost / complimentary mammograms to at-risk women in North Texas through a $5,000 Crucial Catch grant from the NFL Foundation. On October 22, Komen will host a breast health Lunch & Learn for Cowboys employees at the team’s practice facility in Frisco.
Denver Broncos All Cancers At the team’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, the Denver Broncos will host the annual Fight Like A Bronco game recognizing more than 100 cancer survivors. Prior to the game, the team will host a special reception for survivors and guests with Broncos President and CEO JOE ELLIS. Survivors will represent a myriad of cancers and be recognized on field at halftime during a special choreographed program with Broncos Cheerleaders. Custom Fight Like A Bronco ’47 brand t-shirts will be available for sale in all four Denver Broncos Team Store locations. 100% of t-shirt sales will benefit the American Cancer Society. On Monday, Oct. 1, the Denver Broncos worked in conjunction with the American Cancer Society for A Crucial Catch screening event and health fair. Broncos players will visit oncology patients at both Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth’s University of Colorado Hospital during October as part of the team’s Fight Like a Bronco cancer platform outreach.
Detroit Lions All Cancers At the Lions Crucial Catch game on October 6th, 36 cancer patients and survivors will be honored during a pregame ceremony on the field. Fans will receive giveaways courtesy of Henry Ford Health System and the Game On initiative including, car flags and placards to personalize. During the game fans will be asked to raise their placards to recognize loved ones effected by cancer. In conjunction with Henry Ford Health System, the Lions will host several events including, their Second Annual Superhero Ball for children and families who have been impacted by cancer, a hospital visit to cancer patients with cheerleaders and Lions Legends, a breast cancer awareness event that will be held at Ford Field, which will  include Zumba and give women the opportunity to schedule a mammogram, and there will also be an event featuring current and former Lions players for male cancer patients and survivors. The Lions will partner with the American Cancer Society to promote cancer awareness at two local high school football games. The team will also present a $10,000 check to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research to Chris Spielman in honor of his late wife, Stefanie Spielman.
Green Bay Packers All Cancers At the Packers’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 15 the team will present a check at halftime to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and recognize survivors of all different types of cancers. The Packers Pro Shop will sell a Vince Lombardi hat, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF). Throughout the month of October, players and Alumni will visit with cancer patients at local hospitals.
Houston Texans Breast Cancer At the Texans Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, Texans will host their annual Pink Ribbon Day presented by Kroger. JANICE MCNAIR, wife of founder, chairman and CEO, Robert C. McNair will serve as the Homefield Advantage Captain, along with the mothers of CB Kareem Jacksonand QB Deshaun Watson, who have all been affected by cancer. Proceeds from the Houston Texans Foundation gameday auction will benefit Hope Lodge Houston, southeast Texas’ first and only no-cost, residential facility that will be exclusively for cancer patients who travel to Houston for treatment. The McNair Foundation and Houston Texans have donated more than $5 million to the project. On Tuesday, Oct 2., the Texans will host the “Tackling Cancer Reception”, featuring 13 breast cancer survivors and patients currently in-treatment. The ladies will participate in a small runway show, as they walk the “pink carpet,” they will be escorted by Texans celebrity (player, cheerleader, Texans Legend). Participants will then be surprised with tickets to the Pink Ribbon Day game. On Friday, Oct 5, the Texans will join forces with the American Cancer Society and a Legacy Community Health for a “Crucial Catch Day” to provide preventative breast cancer screenings.
Indianapolis Colts All Cancers For the team’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 21, the Colts will invite cancer survivors and those battling the disease to hold a “Crucial Catch” field flag pregame. The Colts will host a “Cancer Caretakers” breakfast for caretakers of those currently battling cancer before kickoff at the stadium. Colts’ cheerleaders will wear multi-colored uniforms representing various cancers. Jr. Cheer and Colts Cheerleaders will perform at halftime with a survivor. All participating survivors will be wearing a colored shirt representing the cancer they battled or are currently battling. For the eighth consecutive year, the Colts will turn the canal in downtown Indianapolis pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. Fans can nominate a breast cancer survivor or a woman currently battling the disease for the chance to win a day to “Pamper Her Pink” courtesy of the Colts.
Jacksonville Jaguars All Cancers At the Jaguars’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 21, the team will honor survivors of multiple types of cancer. More than 100 cancer survivors will hold the American flag on-field for the National Anthem. Each will be wearing a t-shirt paying tribute to survivorship. In addition, the Jaguars will host more than 200 guests from the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund for a special pregame experience on the sidelines during team warmups. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Jaguars will host a private event for more than 200 cancer survivors who battled breast, childhood and prostate cancers and guests at Velocity Air Sports in celebration of their victories. Jaguars players will share a meal with survivors and their families, sign autographs and participate in activities such as dodgeball, the foam pit and much more. Representatives from American Cancer Society, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Dreams Come True will also be in attendance showing their support for the survivors.
Kansas City Chiefs All Cancers At the team’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, Chiefs Kingdom will have the opportunity to recognize family members and/or friends it has that have been impacted by cancer #ChiefsvsCancer selfie cards. During the game, the Chiefs will recognize seven area patients from the University of Kansas Health System that are fighting or have fought various forms of cancer. The Chiefs are teaming up with the University of Kansas Health System and the V Foundation for Cancer Research to bring a $200,000 Early Career Investigator Award to Kansas City. The Chiefs quarterbacks will visit with oncology patients at The University of Kansas Health System on Sept. 25, while the team’s offensive linemen and the Health System join with the American Cancer Society on Oct. 9 for its annual Look Good Feel Better luncheon at Arrowhead Stadium.
Los Angeles Chargers Breast Cancer At their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, the Chargers will focus once again focus on breast cancer awareness. Pregame activities will include the introduction of 30 breast cancer survivors from American Cancer Society on the field locking arms with the Charger Girls. During the National Anthem, the survivors will be also be joined on the field by 70 members of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), who have partnered with the Chargers for over a decade to spread the message of early detection by providing fans with pink ribbons and education cards at the stadium gates. The American Cancer Society’s survivors’ group will also participated in a breast cancer awareness-themed special half-time activity.  Hoag Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the BCA game. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Chargers organization will partner with Susan G. Komen Orange County to offer free mammograms to underinsured and uninsured women in Garden Grove, CA. On the same day, Chargers players, Charger Girls, and HOF Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson will participate in a day of creative expression with breast cancer patients and survivors at Hoag Hospital’s Newport Beach facility.
Los Angeles Rams All Cancers At the Rams’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 28, the team will host up to 230 cancer fighters and survivors on-field during player introductions and the national anthem. Rams will also join with American Cancer Society to host approximately 120 fighters and survivors in their peristyle suite deck.
Miami Dolphins All Cancers At the Dolphins’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, the team will celebrate and honor on-field cancer fighters and survivors from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and researchers who have received funds from the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) event. At halftime, the DCC will present Sylvester a charitable donation. The team will honor cancer survivors treated at Sylvester in many different research areas showing the direct correlation between the money donated and the lives saved. The DCC, launched in 2010 as the signature initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, has raised more than $27.5 million since 2010 in support of Sylvester. The annual DCC will take place on Apr. 6, 2019.The Dolphins’ Crucial Catch initiatives through the DCC continue throughout October, with the DCC on Oct. 11 hosting a group of its highest fundraisers, Heavy Hitters, for an evening around the world at Hard Rock Stadium. Additionally, Miami Dolphins players, cheer and alumni will visit the pediatric clinic at Sylvester, alex’s place, to bring joy to current cancer patients undergoing treatment.
Minnesota Vikings All Cancers At the Vikings Crucial Catch game, the team will recognize at least 11 survivors from the identified cancer types, in addition to handing out mass quantities of wristbands to fans outside of the stadium to increase awareness for everyone attending. In the week leading up to the game, the Vikings will recognize the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative throughout the week. Partnering with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Vikings will help raise awareness for cancer screening and early detection with a formal luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
New England Patriots All Cancers At the Patriots Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, the Kraft family and the Patriots Foundation will also host a special pregame ceremony featuring more than 150 cancer survivors and their family members. The Patriots Foundation will conclude the month by hosting a Halloween party at Gillette Stadium for pediatric cancer patients and their families. In early October, current and former Patriots players and cheerleaders will visit Boston area hospitals to offer their support to people who are battling cancer. During their visit, the Patriots representatives will invite 10 women to a special day of pampering at Gillette Stadium. The following week, the women will be treated to a day filled with massages, manicures and more.
New Orleans Saints Breast Cancer At the Saints’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 8, the Gayle & Tom Benson Cancer Center will serve as the Charity Spotlight and will also be the designated community beneficiary for the charitable proceeds of the game’s 50/50 Charity Raffle. During pre-game, breast cancer survivors will accompany the Anthem singer, IRMA THOMAS, Soul Queen of New Orleans.  Breast cancer survivors and supporters will form the American flag & Saints flag unfurling crews, all wearing pink co-branded Saints/Ochsner tee shirts. The honorary captain for the game will be a breast cancer survivor. Team partner Ochsner Health System will also recognize breast cancer survivor, Dr. Michelle Defrifco (who is also a Pediatric doctor at Ochsner) during a pre-game presentation as part of the Ochsner Heroes program. Ochsner will provide a BCA-themed rally towel as the giveaway to fans entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  The Al Copeland Foundation will distribute pink koozies and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will distribute pink ribbons to fans on the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Copeland’s Junior Tee Retriever will wear pink shirts, while the Saints Drumline (Fat City Drum Corps) will don pink uniforms and will accent their instruments in pink. Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be lit pink on gameday. The scoreboard numbers will be pink as well as the pyro & lighting effects during player introductions. This month, Saints players will visit cancer patients at the Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Health System.
New York Giants Breast Cancer At the Giants Crucial Catch game on Oct. 11, the team will be working with ZTA who will be handing out pink ribbons and accepting donations in exchange for a Crucial Catch Koozie. Season ticket holders who are survivors of Breast Cancer will be on the field to hold the American Flag and pink ribbon flag prior to the game.  The team is also working with the American Cancer Society in securing recording artist, Normani and her mom Julianne, a breast cancer survivor to be part of our pre-game celebration.  Normani and her mom will lead survivors out onto the field carrying the American Flag and unfurling the flag.  Normani is an American Cancer Society Ambassador and looking for ways to assist in raising awareness for the Crucial Catch.
New York Jets Pediatric Cancer At the Jets’ Crucial Catch game on October 7, four children undergoing cancer treatment at The Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, will serve as honorary captains for the coin toss prior to kickoff. In addition, the Jets and Atlantic Health System will give one patient who cannot attend the game due to treatment the experience of being on the sideline for pre-game warm-ups with the VGo Robot. Designed for children with extended illnesses, immune deficiencies and other physical challenges that prevent physical attendance, the VGo robot provides an essential element for a child – the ability to participate in classroom and social experiences. The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are partnering in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Oakland Raiders All Cancers For the Oct. 28 Crucial Catch game, youth from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and American Cancer Society will be the Raiders Foundation’s guests at First & Goal program, which allows local youngsters and chaperones to attend a regular season home game at no cost. The Raiders Women’s Association, which consists of spouses and significant others of players, coaches and staff as well as front office members, will support the American Cancer Society by forming a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 27 in Berkeley. The Raiders will make over the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas playroom to create the comfort of home and a sense of relief for families and children who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment at local hospitals. In recognition of Crucial Catch, the Raiders will partner with the American Cancer Society to host cancer survivors and their guests for an evening of food and fun, participating in an instructor lead, hands-on group cooking class with current Raiders players.
Philadelphia Eagles Breast Cancer At the Eagles’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, pink will take over letters in the tunnel walk, the Eagles Drumline drum sets, and more. Eagles Cheerleaders will wear Eagles jackets with pink wings, while players on the field will sport pink gear. In addition, the American flag will be held by breast cancer survivors and family members from the Jefferson Breast Care Center alongside Season Ticket Members. The National Anthem will be sung by cancer survivor Jessy Kyle. On October 1st, the Eagles will host the Yoga and Living Beyond Breast Cancer event at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles will host a 45-minute all-levels yoga class that is specifically designed for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served following the class, which may include appearances by current players limbering up for their next game. On Oct. 6, the Eagles will attend the Central Bucks East vs. Central Bucks West High School football game. The Eagles will bring SWOOP, cheerleaders and alumni to give out pink t-shirts in exchange for donations that will go towards Jefferson’s cancer research.
Pittsburgh Steelers Breast Cancer At the team’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, the Steelers will host more than 20 breast cancer survivors for a VIP experience, including participating in pregame festivities in the VIP tent and in the Terrible Towel Twirl on field prior to kick-off. There will also be a check presentation made to Komen Pittsburgh from Ford and UPMC. Ford will present UPMC with the Warriors in Pink Quilt made up from personal messages collected at the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure in May. Pink Terrible Towels will be handed out to all fans courtesy of Ford and UPMC, and members of Zeta Tau Alpha will be passing out pink ribbons. The Steelers 50/50 raffle will benefit Komen Pittsburgh.
San Francisco 49ers Breast Cancer, Pediatric Cancer and Colon Cancer At the team’s Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, the 49ers will welcome 150 breast cancer, pediatric cancer and colon cancer warriors and salute their strength during a half-time ceremony on the field. American Cancer Society and Strides for Life will activate on the Faithful Mile and distribute information to fans related to cancer awareness. On Oct. 2, the 49ers will host the 2nd annual Crucial Catch Fashion Show where breast cancer, pediatric cancer, and colon cancer warriors will walk the runway in Levi’s® apparel. The models will be paired with 49ers players and their significant others while their stories of strength and courage are shared with the audience.
Seattle Seahawks All Cancers At the Seahawks Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7, Virginia Mason, the team’s official healthcare partner, and CHI Franciscan will distribute 40,000 Crucial Catch bracelets to raise awareness and encourage fans to schedule regular screenings. Representatives from Virginia Mason, CHI Franciscan and the American Cancer Society will have booths in Touchdown City to distribute “I Celebrate” placards in order for fans to recognize those close to them who have been impacted by cancer. During halftime, the team will honor survivors and their families with an on-field ceremony. In collaboration with Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan, the Seahawks will launch Crucial Catch activities on Oct. 1 with a ceremonial flag raising at CenturyLink Field.  From Oct. 1-7, CenturyLink Field arch lights will feature an array of colors representing multiple cancers as a reminder to fans to schedule screenings. During the month of Oct., the team’s retail locations will donate 12% of sales of Seahawks Crucial Catch merchandise collection to CRUCIAL CASH to support local patients who have been impacted by the incidental costs of cancer treatment. Fans will also be able to make a donation at checkout and also at all concession stands on Oct 7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Breast Cancer At the Buccaneers’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 21, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. Earlier that day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation will host the 6th annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run powered by Jabil which supports breast cancer research and patient services. Thousands of Bucs fans will participate in the race that starts at the team’s AdventHealth Training Center and passes by Raymond James Stadium before finishing on the field of the new indoor practice facility. The race benefits the American Cancer Society, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation, and Moffitt Cancer Center.The first 500 runners to sign up for the race will receive the opportunity to participate in a special “Crucial Catch” themed halftime ceremony during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns game later that afternoon.
Tennessee Titans Breast Cancer At the Titans’ Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, all 69,000 fans will receive pink ribbons courtesy of the Zeta Tau Alpha Nashville Alumnae Chapter. Before entering the game, fans will be encouraged take part in the American Cancer Society’s Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge “5 and $5 Drive” by donating much-needed household items. Prior to kickoff, the Titans and Saint Thomas Health will honor breast cancer survivors on-field. During the month of October, Titans CB Adoree’ Jackson will be participating in the Real Men Wear Pink competition to raise money for ACS. Additionally, the Titans will support 5 Crucial Catch high school football games, which includes a fundraising competition between the 10 participating schools. The two schools that raise the most money for ACS will receive a grant from the Titans Foundation. The Titans will also host their annual “Dining with Hope” at the Hope Lodge, providing cancer patients and their caregivers an opportunity to share food and fellowship with Titans players, and support A Crucial Catch Day at Connectus Health Center, when Titans players and cheerleaders will be onsite to support women as they are screened for breast cancer.
Washington Redskins Breast Cancer At the Redskins Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14, fans will be welcomed by TANYA SNYDER, wife of Redskins owner DAN SNYDER, and hundreds of Zeta Tau Alpha members distributing THINK-PINK!® ribbons and breast cancer awareness educational materials in honor of the 20thanniversary of the THINK PINK!® campaign. A pink pregame tailgate will be hosted for survivors and their families, who will also join hundreds of supporters to create a pink ribbon on the field during pregame ceremonies. For the fourth year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will sell limited-edition Redskins Fight Breast Cancer t-shirts, with net proceeds benefitting ZTA and the Brem Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating women about risk factors and screening options and providing access to critical diagnostic tests for uninsured women. Shirts will be sold in-stadium on Sunday, Oct. 14 throughout the main concourse and club level. Starting Oct. 1, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will launch an online auction with practice and game worn pink attire to run through the end of the month. The Women of Washington Redskins (WOW), the official women’s club of the Washington Redskins, will kick off a lineup of events in support of breast cancer awareness with the WOW Redskins Sip and Paint on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will host the 11th annual All-Star Survivors Celebration to pamper, support and celebrate 30 local women currently battling breast cancer.​