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McQuade Team Playing for Awareness

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This weekend 458 softball teams are in Bismarck-- but one of the Men's Rec 2 teams is turning some heads.
They're doing it with some good softball-- but something else is catching the eyes of opposing teams and fans as well.

"I love when the heads turn people just go wow that's bright," says Taylor Griffin, Team captain for the Give 5 to Cancer team.
Bright Pink that is... The Give 5 to Cancer team wears the color that represents breast cancer awareness-- a cause that hits close to home.
Loren Balkowitz says, "My sister died of breast cancer three years ago so that's why you got that on the back."
After she passed away Loren co-founded Give 5 to Cancer.
Loren says, "We donate part of our proceeds to cancer research foundation we started a golf tournament four years ago and it all kind of just melded into pink jersey's for our softball team from the company and we all like to support breast cancer so that's kind of how it got there."
This is only the first year the team has been at McQuade with the Give 5 sponsorship-- but the team has been together for years-- so when Captain Taylor Griffin went with the pink jerseys no one gave it a second thought.
Taylor Griffin says, "There wasn't even discussion. Missy was a close friend of mine also. Loren's older brother was married to Missy and we were there for the whole event. Like he said I've been playing with this team for over 10 years. The ten core guys have been playing together 10 years we're like family and no one hesitated to wear pink and to raise awareness."
And that's exactly what is happening with their bright pink jerseys and pants covered in the five hand print.
"We turn a lot of heads. We turn a lot of heads. I'll see a lot of guys snicker. I'll see guys make fun but as soon as they hear and see what it's about they have no problem with it. It's accepted fully and that's what it's about is raising awareness," says Taylor.
for Loren-- having his team dawn the bright pink uniforms "It means a lot. It makes it more important than a regular team and I think Like I said everyone sees the pink and it just gives hope."
The Give 5 team won their first game this morning-- Captain Taylor Griffin says if they were to win the McQuade this weekend it would definitely be in honor of Loren's sister Missy.

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