– It’s hard to miss the fact that October is
‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month,’ thanks to the pink emblem found
on everything from mail boxes to Panera bagels. Less obvious
but just as important, October is also ‘Respect Life’ month;
something that Pinecrest Academy athletes and students wanted to highlight
at their varsity football game.
The initiative was developed by Pinecrest
High School’s Student Body Presidents Paloma Carroll and Harry Dodsworth,
together with football Senior Captain John Paul Metz and Athletic
Director Tom Palmer. They announced that they would host a
‘Go Baby Blue’ theme night for the varsity game vs.
George Walton Academy on October 19.
“Pinecrest athletes and fans will
celebrate the gift of life with baby blue, while supporting
‘Respect Life’ month with the Catholic Church,” they announced. “As
all senior athletes are honored for Senior Night this evening,
the baby blue display will serve as an expression of
gratitude to their parents and all parents in the stands.”
|Pinecrest chaplain Fr. Richard Sutter LC enjoys the game from the sidelines|
On game night, the Pinecrest Paladin football players wore
a baby blue stripe down the middle of their helmets
and the coaches wore blue T-shirts, while the cheerleaders sported
baby blue hair ribbons and socks. Pinecrest fans also made
a baby blue showing from the stands.
“The month of October is
the month when we celebrate life, and baby blue is
the color for the Pro-Life movement,” explains Pinecrest chaplain Fr.
Richard Sutter LC. “With the display of pink this month
for breast cancer, we wanted to include this intention of
praying not only for those who have breast cancer, but
also all those suffering end of life issues; to pray
for them in a way that would recognize the gift
of life from conception to one’s final breath.”
opening prayer before the game was offered for the dad
of a George Walton player, who is currently battling cancer.
After the prayer, Fr. Richard went to the stands to
pray with the player´s grandparents, who had come to watch
|Paladin cheerleaders show off their baby blue|
For Fr. Richard, the experience of coming together in
prayer and celebration of life outshone even the Pinecrest Paladins’
triumph on the field that night.
“Second even to our amazing 29-10
victory, this encounter with visiting fans in prayer was the
celebration of life that touched me the most that night.”