The award-winning Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex will pink out as thousands of girl soccer players representing 280 teams and more than 4,500 players from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and other surrounding states take to the fields for Heartland’s Midwest All-Girls Tournament hosted by Heartland Soccer Association. The GO pink presence is designed to raise awareness for October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and remind women to get their mammogram because early detection saves lives. The tournament features teams from seven states, drawing thousands of children, parents, grandparents and families from across the region in one of the Kansas City metropolitan area’s largest all-girl annual soccer tournaments.
Field marshals and Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex staff will be dressed in pink attire and players will use pink soccer balls during the tournament and fans and supporters are encouraged to wear pink to show their support. In addition, Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center will have a display booth teaching women how to perform a proper breast self-exam and educating tournament goers about their nationally accredited breast programs, including mammogram and the benefits of their latest technology, 3D mammograms.
“We value our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association and Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex as we work together to help keep kids safe on and off the fields,” says Dr. Anne Kobbermann, M.D. Board-certified and Fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Overland Park Regional and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center. “This community event also gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of early detection—and that it helps saves lives when it comes to diagnosing and treating breast cancer.”
“Our partnership with Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center is a valuable asset to the community and to our organization as we make a positive impact with athlete’s safety on and off the field,” says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, Heartland Soccer Association. “Last year’s event was incredibly energizing. Saturday’s unique partnership will help raise awareness for a disease that affects thousands of women each year— and what better time to do that than during one of the region’s most popular all-girls tournaments.”
In addition to promoting breast cancer awareness, the event will have breast health information, giveaways and staff available to answer questions.