FAMU Athletes to Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Florida A&M wants to “Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Saturday, the FAMU Athletics department, along with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, paid tribute to those who are victims of breast cancer by wearing pink.

“It was perfect timing to have this event,” Marketing Assistant and Promotions Coordinator Geremy Cheeks said. “Seeing as how everyone is preparing for Valentine’s Day, what better way for people to get an early start, than by wearing pink.”

During the Lady Rattler’s game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of those who lost the battle to breast cancer and to those who are currently fighting the battle.

“I recently lost my aunt to breast cancer, so this was something I really appreciated the school doing,” said Robin Clark, a fourth year English student from Jacksonville. “It warmed my heart to be a part of this event.”

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing Assistance, Angela Suggs, came up with the theme for Saturday’s basketball game.

“Our mission is to show support to women who suffer from breast cancer, as well as continuing to get the student body to come out and show support for FAMU Athletics,” Cheeks said.

Students without much knowledge of Breast Cancer still appreciated the schools support of the cause.

“I’m not that knowledgeable of what breast cancer actually entails,” Tanisha Forrester, a fourth year health science and pre-physical therapy student said. “The fact that FAMU Athletics is doing something to draw attention and asking students to participate in such a sensitive matter, makes me want to come out and support both the cause and our Rattlers more often.”


Both Rattler basketball teams took on UMES. The first challenge was to get students to attend the game, second was to get students to wear pink to show support and raise awareness to breast cancer. According to Clark, both were a success.

“It was great to see students wearing pink to the game. It showed me they actually care,” Clark said.


Although the basketball teams did not wear pink, they had the ribbons on their jerseys in the upper left-hand corner.


Fred Johnson, a third year business administration student from Dallas, was proud to be a part of something that affects women worldwide.

“It’s a great feeling to contribute to something that affects so many women in our country. It put a smile on my face to know that I’m making a difference in someone’s life,” Johnson said.