SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Volunteers from Zeta Tau Alpha sorority chapters will distribute breast cancer awareness beads to all fans entering Qualcomm Stadium for Sunday's San Diego Chargers-Miami Dolphins game, along with 20,000 pink ribbons and information cards.
The Chargers breast cancer awareness game will also include honoring 30 breast cancer survivors on the field during a pregame ceremony and a human pink ribbon, symbolizing breast cancer awareness, being formed on the field during the national anthem.
The balls used in Sunday's game will have pink ribbon decals and players will wear pink cleats, wristbands, gloves and chin straps. Coaches and other sideline personnel will wear pink caps.
Game-worn pink merchandise and footballs will be autographed following the game and auctioned at nfl.com/auction. All NFL Auction proceeds during October will benefit the American Cancer Society and team charities.
Game officials will wear pink caps, wristbands and pins and use pink whistles. A pink coin will be used for the pregame coin toss. The goal post padding will be pink.
The NFL has dubbed its campaign to encourage women 40 years old and older to have an annual mammogram as "A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives." Susie Spanos, the wife of Chargers President Dean Spanos, is one of its national spokespeople.
Susie Spanos caught early stage cancer during a routine exam.
"I'm an example of when early detection is successful," she said. "I feel strongly that women need to be their own health advocate and if there is anything to say, women need to speak up."