Baseball Team Goes Pink

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

...
October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM EDT


TONAWANDA (WKBW) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a special group of junior high students are sending a silent but strong message of support during their baseball season.

All season, when St. Christopher's varsity baseball team takes the field, there is something very noticeable about their uniforms. They are all wearing pink sleeves, chosen completely by the team.

"And my initial reaction was pink? Really? And their next response was for breast cancer awareness, which as the baseball coach at St. Chris for twenty years, I've never had a team this unselfish," head baseball coach Scott Huber said.

Though they're only 12 and 13 years old, many of these players say they know the importance of what they are doing.

"It shows that we're not afraid to stand up for something that we believe in and we're willing to fight for something," 8th grader Jake Riester said.

"We represent our school and we're coming together as a group to help support breast cancer and raise money and just play the game we love," 8th grader Andrew Crane added.

And the cause hits close to home for many of these players.

Cheryl Jaenecke teaches music at St. Chris's and has been fighting breast cancer for the last 6 years. A fan at many home games, she was a big reason why the team chose to go pink.

"I'm touched, I really am. Because I'm the music person, not the sports person. And for the sports people to think of the music department kind of crosses those barriers," Jaenecke said.

The team's gesture has since taken off. Parents have started a concession stand to fund raise, which will continue even into spring sports at St. Chris's, with all proceeds being donated to help fight breast cancer.

A small color choice by a few kids, now making a big impact in the local community.

"So for these guys to do that one their own, says a lot about them, their families, and the school they go to," coach Huber said.

"If their pink shirt tells one person, reminds one person to go get a mammogram or to say a prayer for someone, then it's all been worth it," Cheryl Jaenecke added.