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NEWBERRY — Through a partnership with Palmetto Health Foundation and the Palmetto Health Breast Center, Newberry College hopes to raise awareness and educate the Newberry College community on the potential effects breast cancer can have.

The partnership also allows for any funds raised by Newberry athletics during Scarlet, Gray and Pink Initiative to benefit the local community.

“We’re pleased to partner with Newberry College to help fight breast cancer in our community and to send a strong message about the importance of educating ourselves on the impact breast cancer has,” said Samuel Tenenbaum, president of the Palmetto Health Foundation.

Palmetto Health Breast Center provides nearly 47,000 mammograms and diagnoses nearly 600 breast cancers annually. Donations allow the Breast Center to continue to invest in the best diagnostic equipment and diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stage. Donations also allow the Breast Center to serve uninsured patients and provide items to patients after surgery.

The opening event of the Scarlet, Gray and Pink Initiative will be Newberry’s Pinktober event, which will take place from Oct. 5 to Oct. 26 at select home sporting events on the Newberry College campus.

“The spirit program is thrilled to be a part of the Scarlet, Gray and Pink Initiative and help the Palmetto Health Care Foundation raise money and awareness to help women in our area,” said Lindsey Barwick, director of the spirit program at Newberry College.

Pinktober will begin with four home sporting events on Oct. 5, opening with an 11 a.m. field hockey match against Mercy (N.Y.). Volleyball will host perennial NCAA Tournament side Armstrong at 1 p.m. The men’s and women’s soccer programs host Queens at the Smith Road Complex, with the women kicking off at 1:30 and the men set to begin at 4 p.m.

“I am so excited for the field hockey team to be a part of Pinktober,” said Catherine Somits, head field hockey coach at Newberry College. “Being a new program we are trying to set a precedent for future field hockey members that it truly is about having a life in the balance. Being part of Scarlet, Gray and Pink with the other teams drives home the sense of family, unity and the importance of supporting the community and other outside causes. The support that Newberry College gives outside its walls is just as important as the support we receive from the community, they go hand in hand.”

During the Scarlet, Gray and Pink Initiative, female student-athletes will wear pink shoelaces during competition, while the volleyball team will wear pink jerseys during select matches.

The final event of Pinktober will be Oct. 26 when the football team plays host to UNC Pembroke in the Wolves’ annual pink game.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag “#NCGoesPink” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the year in support of the Scarlet, Gray and Pink Initiative.

The Newberry wrestling team is set to host a pink event during the dual season, while in the spring Newberry will host a Pink Week that will include breast cancer awareness events at select home games. Pink events for the winter and spring will be announced at a later date.

Pinktober Schedule

Oct. 5

11 a.m.: Field Hockey vs. Mercy (N.Y.) at Setzler Field

1 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Armstrong at Eleazer Arena

1:30 p.m.: Women’s Soccer vs. Queens at Smith Road Complex

4 p.m.: Men’s Soccer vs. Queens at Smith Road Complex

Oct. 16

3 p.m.: Women’s Soccer vs. Georgia College at Smith Road Complex

Oct. 18

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Wingate at Eleazer Arena

Oct. 19

1 p.m.: Women’s Soccer vs. Wingate at Smith Road Complex

2 p.m.:Volleyball vs. Coker at Eleazer Arena

3:30 p.m.: Men’s Soccer vs. Wingate at Smith Road Complex

Oct. 26

6 p.m.: Football vs. UNC Pembroke at Setzler Field

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