Pink Arrow XI is in the books. While Lowell lost 36-0, the community of Lowell came out as a winner. The stadium was packed with fans, supporters, cancer survivors, and current cancer patients. The walk and announcement of people cheerleaders and football players were representing was inspiring and emotional.
The game began and although Lowell wasn’t able to put any points on the board, they fought, like any Lowell High School team does, throughout the game. Pink Arrow Pride will spend the next couple of months determining the exact amount of money raised this year through donations, shirt sales, and other means throughout the year. Later this year they will announce the total amount raised and how it will be distributed throughout the community.
The following is a peek at what transpired Thursday evening. If you’re interested in viewing all of the photos we took, visit our Flickr album here.
Prior to the Survivor Walk, the Pink Arrows took to the field to practice. Pink Arrow bags lined the field. Each person being honored or represented during the game by a player got to take one of the bags.
Cancer survivors and those who are still having their personal battle walked a lap around the stadium as those in the stands cheered them on. It is because of those walking that Pink Arrow Pride exists. Thursday evening was for them.
The Lowell players were the last to enter the stadium. Their uniforms pink; the names on the back of their jerseys representing someone close to them affected by cancer.
Announcements of who cheerleaders and football players were representing, many of the participants were noticeably emotional. Tears of joy for survivors and sorrow for those lost being honored were shed.
The field was lined, and a moment of silence was observed for those being honored as well as others who have been affected by cancer in some way.
Then it was game time. The Arrows fought, but were unable to put any points on the scoreboard.
Fans cheered their team on. The student section, as always, was lively.
And cheerleaders kept the team spirit of the crowd up throughout the game.
Additional photos can be found by visiting our Pink Arrow XI Flickr album.