The Boston Breakers scored two victories this week, one on the field, the other off the field. Saturday marked Boston’s third straight PUMA Project Pink game, and the Breakers beat the Philadelphia Fever, 2-0, sporting their pink jerseys. Those jerseys were auctioned off during the game, followed by an additional 24-hour online jersey auction Monday-Tuesday. The two auctions combined to raise more than $5,000, which will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
“We are delighted to have raised so much money for an amazing charity," Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "The game itself was a great event, another sellout, plenty of supporters turning the stands pink, and for us to send a check of over $5,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer capped off a remarkable day. Thank you to everyone who bid on the jerseys, a lot of generous donations that will go towards a very worthy cause.”
The Breakers have took part in the Project Pink initiative since 2010, and in three years, the team has raised more than $20,000.
"Thank you to Puma, who created Project Pink and let us as professional athletes and role models support breast cancer awareness and wear the pink kits in Saturday’s game. It was a special night for friends and family who have supported us along the way and who have battled through breast cancer," Breakers Captain Leslie Osborne said. "To raise more than $5,000 is such an accomplishment. Lucky and proud to be part of this organization and in Boston with such an amazing fan base; proud to be a Boston Breaker."
"The American Cancer Society is grateful for the opportunity to team with the Boston Breakers, and the passionate sports fans of New England, to raise awareness about our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and the fight to end breast cancer," said Bridgett Herzog, Director of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston. "Thanks to you and your many volunteers, sponsors, players and fans, the funds raised through Making Strides have helped enable 2. 6 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year."
During Saturday’s game, fans bid throughout the game during a silent auction. The bidding ended in the 80th minute, and when the numbers were tallied, the total money raised reached $2,850.
"Being part of such a great initiative such as Project Pink was an honor," Kyah Simon said. "To know that through our lovely game of football we can be role models, support a great cause, and make a difference as well as empowering younger generations to as well, is something that I’m very proud of and will remember for the rest of my career."
Earlier this week, the Breakers held an online auction, allowing fans across the world the opportunity to bid on one of five pink player jerseys as well as one team-signed pink jersey. The online auction raised $2,175.
"With the help and contribution of the Breakers fans, supporters, and sponsors, we couldn’t have made it as successful as it was, and they are really the ones that deserve the recognition," Simon said. "Every donation, no matter the amount, will make a difference, so I’m thankful to be a part of such a beautiful and amazing cause."