“Swinging Pink” at their home games on the picture-perfect afternoon of May 11, three different teams helped to raise $550 in support of breast cancer research.
This was the second annual NWC Swing Pink event, the brainchild of NWC Baseball Coach Cory Carlson. But it had special significance this year: Sharon Swanson, wife of Assistant Baseball Coach Dave Swanson, is currently battling breast cancer, and Barbara Maule, mother of Assistant Coach Jason Maule, passed away from stomach cancer on May 6. In addition, Ruth Crowley, wife of Southington Baseball Coach Brian Crowley, is a cancer survivor.
The home and opposing teams wore specially designed shirts, plus pink shoelaces, sweatbands, and other pink paraphernalia, and they played on fields and in front of stands festooned with pink balloons, pink ribbons, and messages of hope.
Complimentary pink goodies were available all afternoon, where donation cans collected contributions from supporters. The money went toward the NWC Baseball team’s “Walk for the Cure” effort in Walnut Hill Park in New Britain on May 12.
The icing on the cake: The NWC Baseball and Softball teams both won their games, while the Boys’ Lacrosse team lost a hard-fought game to Conard.
“Caring for others is part of the mission of Northwest Catholic,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson. “NWC’s student-athletes realize the importance of raising funds for research and devote their time and energy to helping to do this. We are delighted that other teams join us in these efforts.”