By Megan Kuharich
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Titans implemented the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" program at the high school level. Select local high school games featured new and Titans-worn pink apparel, as well as game equipment, such as pink goal post wraps, helmet decals, pom-poms and more in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The following high school football teams participated in "A Crucial Catch" games:
Oct. 21: White House-Heritage High School @ East Nashville Magnet High School
Oct. 28: Harpeth High School @ Fairview High School
"We at East Nashville Magnet are thankful to the Titans for their High School outreach," East Nashville Head Coach Brian Waite said. "Our kids had the experience of a lifetime, as we were able to bring awareness to such a great cause. Many of my student-athletes have family members affected by breast cancer. My aunt is a two-time survivor of breast cancer. I thank the Titans for allowing us to tribute those closest to us while creating memories for young people."
Chris Hughes, Fairview High School Head Coach, added: "The Titans sponsoring Fairview High School as a BCA game this season was instrumental in bringing breast cancer front and center on our thoughts. The pink gloves, cleats, cheer pom-poms and other items donated by the Titans help fill the stadium with a pink flare that uplifted our community while helping raise awareness. The response from survivors and the loved ones affected by this was overwhelming and very emotional. It was a great night for all and would not have been possible without your support."
The league's "A Crucial Catch" campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the significance of regular breast cancer screenings. Throughout October, NFL players, coaches and referees donned pink game apparel, as well as additional in-stadium branding to help raise awareness for the movement.