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SMA Bears “go pink” to raise breast cancer awareness

Editor’s Note: While this is not exactly Spurs-related, a good friend of Project Spurs, Ronald Oswalt, organized a pink out for the San Marcos Academy Bears in hopes to raise awareness about breast cancer. We thought this was not only a great idea, but definitely worthy enough to mention. Project Spurs is also silver member of the SMA Bear Club.

San Marcos Academy’s football team made history Sept. 17 when they took the field in special pink Central Texas Medical Center game jerseys. The Bears played the Rangers of Austin-Texas School for the Deaf in a matchup at A+FCU/Ingram Stadium.

The jerseys are part of the team’s effort to heighten community awareness about breast cancer services at Central Texas Medical Center.

The Bears of SMA are the first Texas high school football team to wear a special pink uniform as they honor Central Texas Medical Center and their efforts to fight breast cancer. The all-pink Wilson jerseys have the Central Texas Medical Center pattern printed on each shoulder.

Funds raised from sales of the SMA pink jerseys will be designated for local breast cancer support services at CTMC. The SMA players were given the first opportunity to purchase their own jersey. Those jerseys not purchased will be sold for $125 on a first-come, first-served basis, and the final jersey left will be sold in a national sports auction. For information on purchase of the jerseys, contact Ronald Oswalt, special assistant for athletic development, at 512-753-8003.

“We are blessed to be a part of this community and are excited about the opportunity to give back through this fund raising effort,” Oswalt said. “Central Texas Medical Center is an active part of our SMA Bear Club, and we are glad to help them out in return. We also are proud to be trailblazers in sports marketing by doing something no Texas team has done before.”

Central Texas Medical Center is a 178-bed hospital providing a wide range of healthcare services in San Marcos and neighboring communities. The hospital was established in 1960, and the present facility opened in 1983. In late 2009, CTMC completed a $35 million expansion and renovation on a 64,000 square foot Women’s Center that includes all private rooms, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new cardiac inpatient nursing unit with all private rooms. It also includes an on-site, high-risk delivery suite and a customized cesarean section suite.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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