SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Ten years ago, it all started with then senior Alexis Locke, a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team. Alexis approached her mom Tammy with the concept of dedicating a game in the month of October to support breast cancer awareness and raise funds to assist in the search for a cure. Coaches Christian Craig and Jeff Locke quickly approved of the game. The “Pink Game” was born!
After coach approval was given for the game, the decision on where to direct the funds raised needed to be made. Desiring to make an impact on local people battling the disease, they chose the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. They discovered that the majority of local people seeking treatment receive their care and treatment at that facility. The first year they raised $713. Over the years, the Pink Game has raised close to $10,000 for NCCC/DHMC.
This October marks the event’s 10th anniversary. On Thursday, Oct. 10 the varsity girls’ soccer team will host the Brattleboro Colonels at 7 p.m. on Brown Field. The team invites you to attend this valued tradition to help them raise funds for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Gate admission is by donation with 100% of the donated funds going to NCCC. The team parents will be holding a bake sale during the game with pink themed treats. While the Springfield Booster Club will be opening their concession stand with hot dogs, burgers, and drinks for the game, they refrain from selling any candy products and encourage spectators to visit the bake sale in the alternative.
This story came full circle in October of 2015 when Tammy received the dreaded diagnosis herself. Tammy received all of her care and treatment at NCCC/DHMC and is here today because of it. We are excited to continue this tradition and know that this game stands out in the minds and memories of our community and the crowd. Each year, the stands fill with spectators and alumni to show their support. Please join us this year as the girls continue to raise money for this valuable cause.
If you would like to make a donation but are unable to attend the game, you may do so by mailing a check payable to Springfield Booster Club and mailing it to SHS Girls Soccer c/o Springfield Booster Club, P.O. Box 666, Springfield, VT 05156.