The Poteet Aggies football team sported pink in October to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Team captains Anthony Ambriz, Ralph Lopez, Sonny Orozco, and Carlos Reyes each shared a personal connection to breast cancer and why they show support. At least one or more people in their families have battled breast cancer.
“I think it’s important to show that even though we’re not going through the same things they’re going through, we kind of understand,” Ambriz said. “My grandpa had breast cancer, so I do it to support him and anyone else who fights it.”
As a team, Poteet feels strongly about the importance of carrying on Aggie traditions. It is their hope that even after they graduate the team will continue to carry this one on.
“I think it’s important to show that we care as people and to help make a difference,” Lopez said.
In Doug Foster’s tenure as athletic director of Poteet ISD, supporting breast cancer awareness has continued each October. To Foster, it is more than just showing support for others; it is teaching the young men he coaches about character, service and community.
“We want to develop character and that sense of service for their community,” he said. “Not only is it important they display respect, it is also important that you conduct yourself in a manner that giving back is a part of your character.
“If we can teach them service and volunteerism and things like that, that’s going to help our community move forward.”
What do the Poteet Aggies have to say to those currently fighting breast cancer? Keep believing, keep fighting and never give up.
The Poteet Aggies are on the road this week to face the Carrizo Springs Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday.