Pink powers Yellowjackets in convincing home win
WINSTED â€” Gilbert-Northwestern footballâ€™s home game Oct. 3 against the Ellington-Somers Purple Knights doubled as a charitable fundraiser. The team played a â€œPink Gameâ€ in support of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
And it may just have been the power of pink that fueled the Yellowjackets, who sought to avenge last yearâ€™s 12-6 season-ended overtime loss to the Knights. Vengeance was sweet as Gilbert dispatched the Knights 33-18.
Denise Jones, a member of the GN Footballâ€™s Parent Spirit Club, got the idea for the event when she saw the NFL hold Pink Games during last season.
A breast cancer survivor herself, Jones chaired the efforts to get the football team and cheerleaders involved in raising money for the foundation.
â€œWe encouraged everyone to wear pink to the game in support of the fundraiser,â€ she said. â€œHalf of all the ticket revenue, half of the 50/50 raffle proceeds and all of the proceeds made from the sale of the specially made pink GN football T-shirts are all going to be donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.â€
Jones reached out to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to tell them about the fundraiser and said representatives were excited about the event.
â€œThey sent me a huge box of goodies of keychains, pamphlets, information, logo tattoos and other fun stuff to hand out at the game,â€ she said. â€œThat got me really psyched that they were so excited for our efforts.â€
The Yellowjackets improved their record to 3-0 for the season. Gilbert-Northwestern will host the Stafford-East Windsor Bulldogs (0-3) on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. under the lights, followed by an Oct. 16 road game against Enfield.