BROADALBIN - For the past three years, the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer program's Patriot Pink Out has been as much about increasing breast cancer awareness and raising funds for cancer research as it has been about the game being played on the field.
This year's event, scheduled for Thursday at B-P's Patriot Field, continues to take on the trappings of a festival, complete with a band, vendors, raffles, and plenty of pink memorabilia - plus, double the soccer.
Both the junior varsity and varsity teams will wear pink uniforms and cleats for their games against Johnstown. The junior varsity squad takes the field at 4 p.m., then the defending Class B state champion varsity team kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer program will host its fourth annual Pink Out event Thursday. (Photo submitted)
Broadalbin-Perth's varsity team currently boasts a 11-2-1 overall record with two games to play before the Pink Out, while the JV team is 9-2-2.
Patriot Field's gates will open at 3 p.m., a full hour before the JV game, to allow Pink Out attendees to enter to win gift baskets, obtain pink hair extensions, buy raffle tickets, and shop for T-shirts, wristbands and photo magnets - with the proceeds from all sales going to the American Cancer Society.
Broadalbin-Perth alumnus and TV personality Joe Calderone will serve as master of ceremonies the event.
Fans also will have the opportunity to "Pink My Ride" by making a donation and placing a ribbon on a bus provided by Don Brown Bus Sales.
The event's $1 admission fee also will be donated.
Last year, Broadalbin-Perth raised more than $1,500.
Prior to the start of Thursday night's varsity game, the boys soccer program will invite all cancer survivors onto the field to be recognized.
After the games, local band The Refrigerators will perform in the high school gym.
The Patriot Pink Out started in 2009, when the boys soccer team dedicated its season to high school Principal Robin Blowers, who was battling breast cancer at the time. That year, the Patriots advanced to the state Class B semifinals and finished with an 18-2-2 record. Blowers' cancer is currently in remission.