HEBRON, Maine – Members of Hebron Academy heralded the return of the “Pink Socks” campaign this February, during which school athletic teams raised funds and awareness for breast cancer. Hebron’s Varsity Boys’ Basketball and Varsity Girls’ Hockey squads were “in the pink,” donning pink accompaniments to their athletic uniforms during games against New Hampton and Marianapolis earlier this month.
One may wonder, ‘why now?’ for Hebron Academy’s “pink” program, considering October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hebron student-athletes expanded the existing campaign, originally brought forth by the Varsity Girls’ Hockey team years ago, in remembrance of the late Sheyla Wide, mother of current student and Hebron basketball forward Royce Finley ’12, who died of breast cancer shortly after the New Year. In addition to pink in-game attire, Varsity Boys’ Basketball players and coaches also donned warm-up shirts embroidered with “S.W.,” Wide’s initials. The idea to honor Ms. Wide was the team’s own.
“The program fosters school spirit and garners support from all areas of the community including Hebron Academy scholar-athletes, parents, friends and even unexpected sources who help make it all possible,” stated Hebron Academy Varsity Boys’ Basketball Assistant Coach Colin Griggs. “The crux of our “Pink Socks” campaign lies in celebrating and encouraging the cause while remembering those who have been involved in the fight, like Ms. Wide and her son Royce.”
The “Pink Socks” initiative has been in place at the Academy for more than four years, originating with Hebron’s Varsity Girls’ Hockey team, inspired by a similar program at another school. In the campaign’s first run, players donned only pink hockey socks. When Hebron parents Mr. and Mrs. Aaskov P ’11 generously donated pink jerseys in 2011, the program took on new meaning, becoming “Pink in the Rink.” Since its induction, “Pink in the Rink” has generated more than $3,500 towards the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition in Bangor.
“I am thrilled to celebrate Hebron’s 4th year of “Pink in the Rink.” The girls have really taken hold of the idea and run with it, and it’s something that they look forward to every year,” remarked Hebron Academy Varsity Girls’ Hockey Head Coach Katie Coyne. “’Pink in the Rink’ is not only a memorable event, but it’s also a way for Hebron students to learn the invaluable lesson of service.”
Pink pops up often at Hebron Academy. This past fall, wearing pink socks in their game against Gould, members of the Hebron Varsity Girls’ Soccer team raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer through bake sales and on-campus fundraisers.
Student athletes from the boys’ basketball and girls’ hockey programs are selling tee shirts and fundraising throughout February. To date, the teams have raised more than $1,200. All proceeds benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition in Bangor.
About Hebron Academy
Founded in 1804, Hebron Academy is a small, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades six through postgraduate. At Hebron, humanity and achievement ring true. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful atmosphere. Hebron offers a comprehensive curriculum in language arts and literature, mathematics, science, foreign languages, and history and boasts vibrant athletic and fine arts programs that enrich students of diverse backgrounds and interests. Hebron is located on the eastern edge of Maine’s White Mountains and is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For more information, visit www.hebronacademy.org.