Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some shape or form, and sports have provided a platform to raise money and awareness for the disease.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL is promoting “Crucial Catch,” a movement where players can wear apparel of different colors to raise awareness of a certain form of cancer.
The Miami-Ohio Redhawks football team is following suit, allowing each player to select a helmet featuring a colored ribbon to signify cancer awareness. Over 100 RedHawks players will don a helmet of a form of cancer that has significantly affected their life.
There are nine different options available for Miami’s cancer awareness helmets, according to the team’s website:
- Red: Blood Cancers (8 players)
- Orange: Kidney Cancer, Leukemia (12 players)
- Pink: Breast Cancer (32 players)
- Green: Liver Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer (8 players)
- Purple: Leiomyosarcoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Testicular Cancer (14 players)
- Blue: Colon Cancer, Esophageal Cancer (14 players)
- Yellow: Bladder Cancer, Sarcoma/Bone Cancer (10 players)
- White: Lung Cancer (9 players)
- Black: Melanoma (4 players)
Following the home game against Kent State, five of the helmets will be auctioned off to fans.
Miami kicks off its contest against Kent State in Oxford at 2:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the spectrum of cancer awareness helmets in action on ESPN+.