Their socks will be pink.
So, too, will be the field hockey ball.
They will have pink ribbon headbands and will be wearing pink warm-ups.
That choice for girls on the Revere High School (RHS) field hockey team won’t be a nod towards fashion sensibilities, but rather towards breast cancer awareness month – and in particular to the grandmother of one of the players – junior Victoria Correia.
During Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is in October, Correia said she wanted to do something on the field that might encourage her grandmother, Donna Correia, who has been fighting breast cancer for two years.
“It’s coming up on the second year since my grandmother got diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Correia prior to practice this week. “This year she’s having a mastectomy, so I wanted to do something special. It’s going to be a surprise, so she won’t know until she reads this and comes to the game. I think she’s going to like it.”
Correia ordered breast cancer awareness head bands for the team, and the Athletic Department has secured pink socks for the game and a pink ball. The girls on the team made pink tie-dyed shirts to use as warm-ups also.
The team has embraced the idea, and at least one other player on the team wants to give a big nod to her mother, who is a long-time survivor of breast cancer.
“My mom had breast cancer when I was a baby, which made things pretty difficult for her,” said senior Goalie Samantha Karl. “She’s been a survivor now for more than 10 years. It runs in our family and she’s not the first person it’s affected. I think it’s a great idea and we’re going to dedicate the game to the cause and, specifically, to Victoria’s grandmother. I think it’s very sweet.”
Correia, 16, is the daughter of Keith and Tonya Correia and lives in the Park Avenue area. She has played field hockey all three years, though she sat out last year with an injury. She also plays softball and basketball for Revere High. She said she is hoping to study photography in college.