Soccer Kicks Cancer - Breast Cancer Awareness
Throughout the month of October, MLS matches will be played with commemorative pink goal nets and corner flags and pink sideline towels, courtesy of Gatorade. All 2014 adidas Official Match Balls bear a MLS WORKS Soccer Kicks Cancer pink ribbon sticker as well. MLS goalies are also raising awareness by sporting pink goalkeeper kits during their home matches.
Although great strides have been made in the fight against Breast Cancer, there are numerous reasons to continue supporting research and raising awareness
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women and 2,150 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- It is estimated that 24,400 women and 210 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease.
Select MLS matches were played with a commemorative pink adidas PRIME match ball and pink sideline towels were used, courtesy of Gatorade. MLS players wore a special pink MLS WORKS ribbon patch on their jerseys, pink adidas sweat bands, pink shoelaces and select goalkeepers wore pink kits. Game-worn autographed jersey and the special-edition match balls were available for auction at MLSsoccer.com/works as part of the League's effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment. A portion of the proceeds from this campaign benefited our national partners, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S.