Breast cancer controversy arises with Tulsa Union middle school football

TULSA - A group of seventh grade football players at Tulsa Union wanted to raise awareness and support for breast cancer, but they say they're not getting support from their football association.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 20-player squad raised $50 each for pink jerseys.

But Union youth football association board members say the jerseys have to be in line with uniform regulations and were not notified of the changes.

If the uniforms are worn, the board says, it could mean forfeiture of the game and coach suspensions.

The UYFA issued a statement on the situation.

The Union Youth Football Association is committed to fostering a positive environment where student athletes respect for others through team membership.

Deviations from UYFA procedures and uniforms goes directly against this philosophy. While we understand and support a teams desire to contribute to a worthy cause, doing so in a manner which excludes others or only draws attention to themselves is not a positive form of team membership.

Had the parents and coaches of the 7th Grade Platinum team followed school policy regarding the use of the Union logo and contacted the UYFA Board prior to the purchase of new uniforms, this dispute would be a non-issue.

"Some people just think we're trying to show off, but we really care deep down in our hearts about showing what we care about," said Union football player Kyle Baker, who planned to wear his jersey for his great-grandmother. "This is a serious disease and people can die from it."

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