High school athletes raise money for Tulane Cancer Center

October 30, 2013 11:00 AM

Mary Sparacello


This is the fifth year that David Mocklin, head athletic trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, has organized “Pink Games” at several New Orleans–area high schools to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Pink Games

St. Mary’s Dominican High School hosts a “Paint the Pitt” pink volleyball game Tuesday (Oct. 29) with a capacity crowd in the Siena Center Charles and Lola Pittman Gymnasium (aka “The Pitt”). (Photo from St. Mary's Dominican High School)

Fundraisers such as bake sales and raffles typically precede The Pink Games, culminating in well-attended sports events where athletes and spectators wear pink, Mocklin says. Money raised throughout October will provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients and their families through the Patient Relief Fund at the Tulane Cancer Center.

“We feel it’s important to keep this money local and help people in New Orleans,” Mocklin says.

Athletic trainers at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine provide outreach services to a number of area high schools, and those trainers encourage their schools to get involved in the Pink Games initiative, Mocklin says.

Mount Carmel Academy, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Cabrini High School and St. Mary’s Dominican High School hosted pink volleyball games this month, and Brother Martin High School hosted a pink football game, Mocklin says.

At Mount Carmel, where Mocklin is the athletic trainer, the gym was standing-room only and a sea of pink, he says. When each athlete was announced, she gave a pink rose to her mother or another woman in her life.

“It’s a very emotional day,” Mocklin says.

Last year, Pink Games raised $26,000, and Mocklin is gratified by how hard the young athletes work to make a positive impact and raise awareness about breast cancer.

“Their hard work and dedication is an inspiration.”

Mary Sparacello is a communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications.

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