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Kenwood High Hosts First Annual Pink-Out Game
- Article & photo by Lena Sala -

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Kenwood High School’s girl’s varsity soccer team hosted their very first Pink-Out Game in order to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event took place right in the school’s home stadium, where Kenwood played against Parkville High School. Both Varsity teams wore pink and white jerseys instead of their school colors, as well as spray painting their hair bright pink in order to get in the spirit of things.
In order to raise the money, a breast cancer awareness tent was set up, which included wrist bands, magnets and baked goods that were for sale. Along with a tent, donation buckets were available and $1 from each ticket purchased was also donated directly to the foundation.
According to Chris Mattern, Girls Head Varsity Soccer Coach and coordinator of the event, the grand total of the money raised was $200.
“I spoke with our AD Derek Maki about wanting to do the event, then spoke to Parkville. Everyone jumped on board and it was a success,” noted Mattern. “Kenwood might decide to have another athletic team participate in a Pink-Out in the future.”
Mattern has played soccer ever since he was a child and according to his mother, Laura Mattern, who was also at the event to show her support, his father had passed away from cancer a while back, which helped him to want to give back to such a wonderful cause.
Mattern also got the idea from watching sports on TV.
“I saw a few college games where teams were wearing all pink. I also saw the NFL doing it too, which gave me the idea that it might be something very inspirational and exciting to do at Kenwood to get the girls pumped, as well as to recognize them for doing something positive,” stated Mattern.
Kenwood High School defeated Parkville with a winning score of 5-0.