Awareness — NHS senior partners with Providence Newberg to hold a Pink Out at Fridays football game

The universe seems to have been on Newberg High School cheerleader Brittany Casey’s side when it came to putting together her senior project this fall.

While Dig for the Cure games benefitting breast cancer research have been a tradition with the volleyball program, Casey wondered why no one had ever done something similar for a Tigers football game.

With one of her best friends’ mom being a breast cancer survivor, Casey had originally planned to hold a “Pink Out” at a home football game this fall, but was hesitant to do a project that involved asking for money. by: SETH GORDON - Pretty in pink - As part of her Kickoff the Cure breast cancer awareness event, NHS senior Brittany Casey outfitted the entire Tiger football team with pink socks for its home game versus Tualatin on Friday.

Meanwhile, down the road at Providence Newberg Medical Center, marketing manager Mike Antrim was looking for help promoting breast cancer awareness, which the hospital does every fall.

As it so happens, Casey’s mother, Stephanie, works in the birth center at PNMC and Antrim found himself talking with her one day while standing in the lunch line.

Antrim had already thought it might be a good idea to reach out to someone on the NHS cheerleading squad, so by that point, it just made too much sense to see if Casey was interested.

Casey said it was a blessing that Providence came to her and provided her the financial support to revive her original senior project.

“I just wanted to focus on awareness,” Casey said. “Early detection is key and self-checkups are key and getting mammograms, all the stuff that is important to figuring out if you have it or not.”

Casey approached the project, which she dubbed Kickoff the Cure, from several angles and ultimately they combined to great effect.

In addition to outfitting the cheerleading squad in pink, she provided pink pom-poms to the first 200 students in the crowd and purchased pink socks for the football players to wear during the game. She also decorated the stadium in pink, purchased mini pink footballs to throw to the crowd and got the whole school on board to wear pink for the game.

“The pink out was incredible,” senior Associated Student Body member Spencer McMaster said. “That was a pretty intense game with Tualatin and having all our kids in pink, too.”

The spirit of the event and the excitement Casey helped stir up dovetailed perfectly with the football game, which saw Newberg upset Tualatin for the first time since 2002.

“It was so much fun,” Casey said. “We had a great turnout, there were a ton of people there, all supportive and wearing pink,” Casey said. “We won the football game, too, so that made it even better.”

Casey also reached out to the activities committee, who threw an all-pink dance for students in the auxiliary gym after the game.

“She’s been very organized and just dialed in,” Antrim said. “She’s got a ton of energy. She’s a great young woman.”

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