Hampton University tackles Breast Cancer

(Joanna Rowell)
(Joanna Rowell)

Marquise Brown | Staff Writer

On Saturday October 24, 2015, Hampton University students participated in a flag football tournament to promote breast cancer awareness. Students sporting pink also raised awareness in a Breast Cancer Walk where they traveled from the Booker T. Washington statue to Bemis Lawn.

Before the game all participants were schooled about the ins and outs of breast cancer. Two speakers, both who were survivors of breast cancer taught that breast cancer can be hereditary and that men too, can also get it. They were also reminded to get checked regularly.

After the speakers finished it was time to play ball. The games heated up when members of the Student Leadership Program competed against members of the Student Recruitment team. In the first matchup between the two girls team, the SLP members were victorious. However SRT’s boys’ team fought back when they won the second game.

Many were happy to see Hampton University students come together to support such a great cause. Quintessence Nine President Muniratu “Muni” Fujah said “I’m so excited to see different organizations coming together to support such an amazing cause”.

The fun didn’t just stop with flag football. In a smash mouth rematch the SLP and SRT girls competed once again. Although it was a close race SLP ladies came away again with the victory once again. The excitement was definitely in the air with a lot of cheering, pictures, and dancing with music by DJ Camoflauge.

Justice Harrison, a Junior Biology major from New Orleans, Louisiana, is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity that hosted the event. Harrison said “The brothers came up with the idea. We look to make it an annual event because the outcome was great”.

There were a many sponsors at this event including and a visit from U.S Congressmen Bobby Scott who represents the 3rd district in the State of Virginia.

The brothers of Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hope the annual pink bowl grows into an even bigger event next year. Together Hampton University hopes to create awareness about breast cancer and help in any way that they can.

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