Photo by Cooper Henckel
Charity Pink Game returns to UW-Stevens Point
Story By Cooper Henckel
Local News Published 09/17/2021 4:25PM, Last Updated 09/17/2021 7:03PM
Stevens Point - A charity football game returns to Stevens Point this weekend with cookies, new jerseys, and the same old mission.
"This is the 11th Pink Game that we've hosted here at UWSP," said head football coach Greg Breitbach.
The Pink Game was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Started during a previous coach's tenure, the Pink Game was named after the pink uniforms the players wear to promote breast cancer awareness in October. The Pointers' version expanded to include all types of cancer and moved to mid-September
"Over the course of 11 years, this university, the Schierl Corporation, the Pink Game, have raised over half a million dollars in the fight against cancer," said Breitbach.
The game starts at 2 p.m. at Goerke Park. There'll be contests and events there. You can also purchase your own pink jersey.
"During the game, there will be a representative from our opponent," said Breitbach. "This year it's UW-Stout. They have a recipient who is a cancer survivor who will be presented with a check that they will put back into the Menmoinee community to help with cancer research and fight cancer itself."
There will also be a donation presented to a recipient from Stevens Point as well, making sure the charity game's impact is felt locally for both sides on the field.
"Unifies our community, unifies our athletic department, unifies a lot of different people," said Breitbach. "It's a worthy cause that adds football into it."
Zest Bakery and Coffeehouse baked special Pink Game cookies, selling them on campus all week. Owner Jacob Marchant says supporting the community is part of their business. They regularly highlight local causes and charities, developing specialty latte boards for them. This year also introduced another new element to the Pink Game: customized names on jerseys.
"Jacob Klatkiewicz went to Tim Schierl's wife, she brought it to Tim, and Tim thought it was an awesome idea to add that element to this year's game," said Breitbach.
Each player will have a different name on their back than usual. They each chose someone in their own life impacted by cancer, whether they're still here watching or not.
"I think it'll be really neat that each one of our players will be able to honor the person on the back of their jersey with their play on Saturday," said Breitbach.