Shelton Pop Warner to wear pink in Sunday fund-raiser

Shelton Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading will hold its annual breast cancer awareness event on Sunday, Oct. 21, which is the Vikings last home game this month.

Sunday will feature special fund-raisers, a mobile digital mammography screening vehicle and lots of pink. The games will be played at the home of the Vikings, Gracie Field.

The field is named for Grace Searles who died to this disease in 2004. Searles was a former Shelton Pop Warner cheerleader who later became president of the league.

"Grace is a part of the fabric of this program, so this cause is near and dear to our hearts," said Tim Monteleone, league president. "The board of directors recently amended the association by-laws ensuring that this event will be a permanent fixture on the S.P.W. calendar."

Football players will be decked out in pink socks and more, while cheerleaders will wear pink ribbons. There will be raffles, and the concession stand will offer home-cooked menu items and other surprises.

In addition, the St. Vincent's Digital Mammography Screening unit will be at the games.

The unit will be parked at the Shelton Riverwalk at 100 Canal Street, from 10 to 2 p.m. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 203-576-5505.

A referral from a physician is suggested for this exam. There will be free screenings for those with no insurance, or financial limitations.

"There will be lots of pink accessories that are being made available for the fans at no charge; we ask only that they make a donation of any amount for Breast Cancer Awareness" said Mike Boyce, vice president. "Each year on this day, Shelton Pop Warner donates all proceeds from the gates as well money earned from the 50/50 and other raffles."

Shelton Pop Warner is in its 47th year and is part of Southern Connecticut Pop Warner which includes teams from 20 southern Connecticut towns.

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