Health Services and the Athletic Department teamed up to participate in the 2017 "Pink Out" games in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. The Warriors embodied the motto "Warriors Fight Strong" in competition and spirit with all three teams winning their designated "Pink Out" competitions.
Four pink events took place throughout the month of October. The first event, October 16th, was "Make it Pink" in Boon Center inviting all Nyack College students to participate by decorating posters to be hung at the three sporting events as women's volleyball hosted the Post University Eagles on the 17th, and men's and women's soccer hosted the Concordia College Clippers on the 25th. "Make it Pink" night was a success with over fifty different breast cancer awareness signs created by students and faculty with their own personal touches of glitter, color, and inspiration.
The Warriors were then ready to compete in bright pink t-shirts with the "Warriors Fight Strong" logo, pink socks, and pink headbands. First up was the women's volleyball Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) matchup against Post University. Preceding the game, Health Services Office Manager Katalina Padilla led the gymnasium in a prayer dedicated to all those affected by breast cancer. Bowman Gymnasium was a vision of pink as the Warriors defeated the Eagles in five sets. The following week, on October 25th at Nyack High School the women's and men's soccer teams both came out victorious in games that were overflowing with emotion with scores of 2-1 and 1-0 over the Clippers. These wins granted the ladies a great gift on Senior Day and punched the men's CACC playoff ticket. Every event had on display all the posters created by the campus community; fans were dressed in pink from head to toe, and the Warror student-athletes competed with honor for those affected by Breast Cancer.
As a college campus, Nyack College observed October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with the knowledge that the institution sits in Rockland County, where the second leading cause of death is cancer. In particular, the breast cancer rate among women who reside in Rockland County is 140 per 100,000, which is higher than the state level of 129 per 100,000. Nyack Hospital, down the street from the beautiful hillside campus, has done a tremendous job with establishing a Breast + Women's Health services. Proceeds from the Warrior pink t-shirt sales will be donated to the Breast Center at Nyack Hospital, who offers personalized, cutting-edge breast care with an emphasis on cancer prevention and early detection within the community.