There is an old adage in sports that says “you play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back,” and that will never be truer for the Athletica on May 16. This Sunday, when the Athletica take on defending WPS Champions Sky Blue FC, they will take the field wearing a special uniform commemorating the Athletica’s involvement with the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®.
The uniforms will be an all white kit with pink lettering and numbering. They have names of local breast cancer survivors, and relatives or friends of Athletica players who have battled breast cancer. Each player will have a different name on the front of the uniform allowing the team to honor 22 different individuals.
“Wearing the names of these women who have battled breast cancer on our jersey is just a small way we can honor them and everyone who has ever been diagnosed with the disease. We feel like we are bringing them onto the field with us by doing this, and I think it will be inspiring to pull those jerseys on before the game on Sunday,” said Athletica captain Lori Chalupny.
PUMA has also designed a specific pink game ball to be used exclusively for the match.
Saint Louis Athletica will be serving as the honorary Race co-chairs for the June 12 Race for the Cure® event, and they will be having a Race registration drive at the match on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.