Neighbors | Submitted.The Canfield High School boys varsity soccer team supported the cause of raising breast cancer awareness with their pink jerseys during the Pink Out organized by National Honor Society senior members and varsity soccer players Macey Malinky and Sam Accordino on Sept. 30.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School National Honor Society seniors and varsity soccer players Macey Malinky and Sam Accordino raised breast cancer awareness for their NHS service project during a Pink Out at the girls junior varsity and varsity soccer games against North Canton Hoover, and the boys junior varsity and varsity soccer games against Lake Catholic on Sept. 30.
The Canfield High School girls varsity soccer team wore pink jerseys to raise breast cancer awareness during the Pink Out organized by National Honor Society senior members and varsity soccer players Macey Malinky and Sam Accordino on Sept. 30.
By ABBY SLANKER
Canfield High School seniors and varsity soccer players Sam Accordino and Macey Malinky continued the tradition of a Pink Out to raise breast cancer awareness during the boys junior varsity and varsity soccer games versus Lake Catholic and the girls junior varsity and varsity soccer games versus North Canton Hoover on Sept. 30.
Accordino and Malinky organized the Pink Out as their National Honor Society service project.
Through the Pink Out, Malinky, daughter of Shawn and Carie Malinky, and Accordino, son of Rob and Nikki Accordino, raised money for Yellow Brick Place, a cancer wellness center for the tri-county area, and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
Yellow Brick Place, co-founded by President Donna Detwiler and Vice President Anna Aey, provides support to cancer survivors, families and caregivers. The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center delivers accurate prevention, early detection, diagnosis and support services available in an environment of compassionate and coordinated care.
Malinky and Accordino also sold Pink Out T-shirts during high school lunch periods leading up to the Pink Out. This year, the Pink Out was expanded to include the Canfield High School girls volleyball game versus Hubbard on Oct. 5 and the Canfield High School varsity football game versus Niles on Oct. 6. Students were encouraged to wear the Pink Out T-shirts at each sporting event. Students could also wear the T-shirts on Cards for a Cure Day during CHS Spirit Week the week of Oct. 23.
Players on both the boys junior varsity and varsity and girls junior varsity and varsity soccer teams wore donated pink jerseys for their respective games. The Canfield Soccer Boosters donated pink socks for all players to wear for the games. All junior varsity and varsity players were announced prior to their games and cancer dedications to loved ones were announced for all players.
Accordino and Malinky both said they chose this project to keep the Pink Out tradition alive and to support a great cause.
“We wanted to keep the Pink Out tradition alive and be able to continue to raise breast cancer awareness. We did not want to let down the organizations for which we raise money. It’s such a great cause and we really wanted to keep it going this year,” Malinky said.
“Raising breast cancer awareness is such a good cause and we felt this was a very worthwhile and important event to continue. We wanted to keep the tradition going and to be able to donate to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and Yellow Brick Place. We want them to know they can count on us,” Accordino said.
Accordino and Malinky also had a table set up to sell breast cancer awareness items, such as pink bandanas, pink ribbons and pink water bottles. They also offered a variety of baked goods with a breast cancer awareness theme, many of which were baked by soccer parents, including cookies, pink chocolate covered pretzels, pink popcorn and pink rice krispie treats.
“We have so many donations here today from our soccer families. It’s been great and we thank them all for their help and support,” Accordino said.
Sponsors and donors included Advanced Dermatology, Akron Children’s Hospital of Mahoning Valley, Titan LED Lighting Solutions, the Malinky family, the Jadallah family, the Carey family, the Remias family, the Petrallo family, the Accordino family, the Thomas family, The Needles’ Nest, Attorney Martin F. White, the DeAngelo family and the Duke family.