Los Angeles Sparks players wearing pink basketball shoes.
words // Brandon Richard
For the last week, the WNBA has helped raise funds in the fight against breast cancer during WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week. In games played during that span, focus has been placed on the initiative with pink apparel worn on the court. Players have worn pink and white uniforms; coaches have accessorized with pink ties and scarves; and referees have used pink whistles. Additionally, the WNBA’s Breast Health Awareness logo has been displayed on the hardwood.
Of course, our favorite accessories worn during Breast Health Awareness Week are the basketball shoes. For the last several years, sneaker companies have created pink colorways of their flagship sneakers just for the occasion. Nike Basketball has particularly had a great amount of success teaming up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which was founded in 2007 by former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. After a 22-year battle with cancer, Yow passed away in 2009, but her selfless spirit continues to be the driving force behind much progression made in the fight against the disease.
Check out what pink-based sneakers have been worn during WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week in this week’s Sneaker Watch.
Angel McCoughtry shoots in the Kay Yow x Nike Air Max Soldier V.
Becky Hammon attempts a reverse layup in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.
DeLisha Milton-Jones shoots a three in the Reebok Zig Slash.
Diana Taurasi drives in the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V2.
Jayne Appel goes up strong in the adidas Pro Model 2010.
Maya Moore shoots in the Jordan CP3.IV.
New York Liberty players huddle up wearing Nike basketball shoes and adidas basketball shoes.
Tina Thompson shoots in the Nike Air Max Soldier V.
Cappie Pondexter looks on in her pink Kobe shoes.
Leilani Mitchell dribbles in pink adidas Basketball shoes.
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Alfonso Soriano’s Under Armour Yard II Mother’s Day edition cleats.
words // Nick Engvall
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day (if you’re just realizing that now, you better be preparing an incredible apology) and to pay tribute mothers around the world and also raise awareness for breast cancer, Major League Baseball players hit the diamond with all sorts of pink baseball equipment.
Under Armour baseball provided many of their sponsored players with pink cleats. Louisville Slugger made up special pink Mother’s Day bats for players using their baseball bats. Franklin made up special pink versions of their Authentic Pro Classic batting gloves. Even Major League Baseball got into the spirit by creating pink ribbon wristbands for players that wanted to pay tribute to mom, as well as tagging each of the basses used in Sunday’s games with a special Mother’s Day plaque.
Check out all the breast cancer awareness pink baseball equipment below and let us know who you think put forth their best effort in thinking pink in the latest MLB Watch.
Another look at Alfonso Soriano’s Under Armour Yard II Mother’s Day edition cleats.
Rickie Weeks sports MLB Mother’s Day pink ribbon wristbands and bracelet.
Erick Aybar wore a pink arm sleeve and pink Franklin batting gloves.
A closer shot of the MLB pink ribbon wristbands many players wore.
Louisville Slugger even made special pink ribbon bats for Mother’s Day.
Hanley Ramirez using the Louisville Slugger pink ribbon bat.
Todd Helton signs a Louisville Slugger pink bat for a lucky fan.
Brandon Phillips wearing the UA Yard II Mother’s Day pink colorway.
Mark Trumbo also wearing pink UA baseball cleats.
Matt Kemp of the Dodgers wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.
Ryan Howard equipped with cleats and batting gloves from adidas.
Roy Halladay wearing a Nike Diamond Elite Pro glove.
LaTroy Hawkins wearing the adidas Diamond King.
Miguel Cabrera wearing player exclusive Franklin batting gloves.
J.P. Arencibia makes a tough play wearing Easton catcher’s equipment.
Francisco Rodriguez throws wearing his player exclusive Reebok cleats.
Bobby Abreu wearing his B-Top baseball cleats.
Carlos Quentin wearing Mizuno batting gloves.
Ike Davis wearing Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.
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Each year for the past several years Nike Basketball has teamed up with the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund to help raise funds for the foundation that carries on the legendary coach from North Carolina State. Yow’s battle with cancer seemed to be the only thing that could keep her from passing on her knowledge of the game. Over her career she coached her teams to a record of 737-344 and was voted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Kay Yow may have lost her battle with cancer early last year but her courage in taking on the disease has and continues to inspire those people whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way.
Nike Basketball will release the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 in a Pinkfire colorway. As pink has become the color strongly associated with raising awareness for breast cancer, this colorway of the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund Nike Hyperdunk 2010 also features the foundations logo on the tongue. Both men’s and women’s sizes will be available and a portion of the sales will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation.
Available now at Eastbay.
Now an annual tradition, the NFL marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with their “Crucial Catch” campaign. Throughout the month, games feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, on-field pink ribbons, game balls and pink coins to help raise awareness for the campaign. The apparel and accessories are then auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society and team charities. NFL Staff and players also take part in several events during the year to make a difference in breast cancer detection and prevention.
Reebok, the current official outfitter of the NFL, certainly makes their presence felt during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we’ve seen in our weekly NFL Watch posts this month, many Reebok athletes have been provided with pink gloves, cleats and other accessories to show their support for the cause. After seeing athletes like Peyton and Eli Manning, Chad Ochocinco, Joe Flacco, Maurice Jones-Drew and Steve Smith tough it out in pink on Sundays, many fans and football players have been asking when and where they could get their hands on some of this gear. Well, the time is now and the place is Eastbay.
Seen below are the cleats and gloves you’ve seen your favorite players wearing throughout the month. First up is the Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid. As the name suggests, this cleat is geared toward form fitting your foot. However, the process is a little unorthodox. To begin the form-fitting process, you actually place the shoes in a heated oven for a few minutes, using the heat to create a mold of sorts. After removing the shoes from the oven, you put them on your feet and lace it to your specifications, creating the custom fit. The process can be repeated as often as necessary.
Next up is the Reebok NFL Burner Speed III Low, a speed-enhancing cleat that sports a seamless synthetic upper that gives you an immediate fit with minimal break-in time. Micro-perforations on the upper along with a PlayDry to absorb moisture and disperse heat. A dual-density Ortholite footbed with ETC top cover provide comfort, while traction is provided by a two-piece Hardlink TPU injected plat, equipped with permanent Mortrac FGT.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a pair of gloves to go with your cleats, look no further than the Reebok Mayhem Receiver Glove. A running theme we’re seeing with Reebok’s football gear, the Mayhem glove utilizes lightweight seamless compression technology to shape and mold to your hand. Grip is provided by Reebok’s Griptonite 2.0 technology. Five percent of the proceeds from this glove will go toward Breast Cancer Awareness.
Show your support in the fight against Breast Cancer by picking up these items, and more, here at Eastbay today!
For the second consecutive year, NFL players, coaches and officials around the league were outfitted in pink gear for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, pink ribbons (the official symbol of the fight against Breast Cancer since 1993) will be painted onto the fields and goal posts. As part of their “Crucial Catch” campaign, the NFL will auction off several of the game-worn pink items you’ve seen today for charity. Check out this week’s NFL Watch to see what your favorite players wore to do their part in the fight against Breast Cancer.
Pittsburgh cornerback Anthony Madison wore a pink colorway of the Reebok Molded NFL Burner Speed.
Giants cornerback Aaron Ross celebrates an interception while wearing the Nike Super Speed; teammate Michael Boley is wearing the Reebok Molded NFL Burner Speed.
Rejuvenated Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson breaks loose in the Nike Air LT Superbad.
Saints receiver Lance Moore recovers a fumble with his Nike Vapor Jet Receiver Gloves.
Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks crawls toward in the endzone in the Nike Zoom Hyperfly.
Rams receiver Brandon Gibson runs downfield in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen receives wise words from Drew Brees while wearing the Reebok Sideline Players Cap.
Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin was one of many coaches that wore a special pink colorway of Reebok’s Zig Pulse II.
Travis Johnson of the San Diego Chargers shows off his pink-based Nike Air LT Superbad cleats.
Broncos running back Laurence Maroney compliments his Reebok Molded NFL Burner Speed with Reebok Mayhem Receiver Gloves.
DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers runs hard in the Nike Air Zoom Merciless.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan wears a Breast Cancer Awareness version of the Reebok Sideline Coaches Cap.
Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter celebrates his game-winning touchdown in the Reebok NFL U-Form 4 Speed and Mayhem Receiver Gloves.
Brandon Jacobs rumbles toward the endzone in the Under Armour Fierce II.
images via Yahoo