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Changes come to Zeta Tau Alpha's think pink game

Jordan DePesquale helping organize sisters to release balloons in recognition of those who have battled breast cancer. (Zeta Tau Alph Photo/Hanna Dennison)

The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha and the ONU Football team helped contribute to putting a stop to Breast Cancer with their annual pink football game Oct. 12, 2018.

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has been putting on the pink football game for many years and is not just done at ONU. Every Zeta Tau Alpha chapter across the nation holds a pink football game in order to support this philanthropy.

This event is no small feat and requires the full support of the chapter and its 67 members. Hannah Dennison, Zeta’s Think Pink chair, says, “Every sister was involved in this event in one way or another.”

The Zetas partnered with the parent’s club to help with the cookout before the game. Sisters helped provide food for the event and coordinated with parents of the football players to provide support where it was needed. There was also a bake sale taking place at the gates throughout the game for spectators.

There was also a goal to pink out the stadium in support of Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Spectators could make a donation, and, in return, Sisters gave away various pink apparel, key chains, and ribbon.

Junior Melinda McIntosh explains why Zeta’s are so passionate about this event.

Melinda McIntosh said, “We love seeing everyone with their ‘Think Pink’ ribbons that enable us to spread the word beyond the students and faculty on campus.”

 

Hannah Dennison spoke at halftime about their philanthropy. Cancer survivors were recognized and given cards and a keychain in recognition of their strength and optimism. This was another new addition to this year’s game compared to past years.

“The main change was have the breast cancer survivors and those suffering recognized and giving them a token of gratitude and encouragement,” she said. “We wanted to have more of a connection with the individuals who came out."

Hannah Dennison felt the event was successful despite not knowing the official total of funds raised.

Melinda McIntosh said, "Breast Cancer has affected so many people, and one of Zeta’s goals is not only to spread education and awareness, but to give our support to everyone who has experienced breast cancer." 

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