Eskimos, league think pink
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are thinking pink.
It will be the colour of choice across the CFL in Week 17, where they will take on the Toronto Argonauts on the road in a CFL Pink game on Oct. 21.
League sponsor Reebok will supply pink gloves, wristbands and other items players will wear, along with a special decal on their helmets and pink whistles for officials, in efforts to raise awareness of women’s cancers.
“The league has taken the initiative and we’re just sporting the gear,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, whose own family has recently felt cancer’s effects. “I, just a couple weeks ago, lost an uncle to stomach cancer.
“I guess there’s probably no one that can say they haven’t been touched by cancer. And if you haven’t been, it’s still something that’s a very valuable and worthy cause to get involved with.”
But for Reed, the CFL Pink goes beyond brightening up the game.
“I think the league has been at the forefront in terms of charitable organizations in putting its banner behind things that are worthwhile,” he said. “And this is arguably one of the most worthwhile causes that the league has backed.”