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EXCLUSIVE: RGIII’s Pinked Out Uniform

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 19, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Griffin JerseyEquipment manager Brad Berlin gives you an exclusive tour of uniform modifications the Redskins made to honor breast cancer awareness. Watch the video below for a deeper look at Robert Griffin III’s uniform, special eye black and cleats you can’t miss.

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Griffin III Joins Fight To End Breast Cancer

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 9, 2013 – 3:02 pm


On Wednesday, quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared at the American Cancer Society luncheon in downtown Washington, D.C. to further extend the Washington Redskins charitable donations in the fight to end breast cancer.

No. 10 joined Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and wife Tanya, as Ms. Snyder was being honored as the American Cancer Society Mother of the Year for her efforts to end breast cancer.

The AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has quickly reached unprecedented levels of popularity across the country. No matter where Griffin III makes an appearance, you can be assured that he will be the star of the moment as pictures and autographs will be a request by each and every fan that gets the opportunity to meet him.

Wednesday, Griffin III used his iconic status to continue the franchise’s efforts to end cancer in the form of $33,000.

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VIDEO: Mrs. Snyder Speaks At Luncheon

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 26, 2012 – 2:06 pm

(Video courtesy of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce)

Mrs. Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Spokesperson, was the keynote speaker at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business/Leadership Luncheon today at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va.

Mrs. Snyder, who was interviewed by Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, discussed her leadership efforts in creating the national platform for the NFL and Zeta Tau Alpha’s (ZTA) THINK-PINK!® breast cancer awareness campaign, in addition to her role as the NFL’s spokesperson for the league’s “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness initiative

Mrs. Snyder, who was instrumental in the foundation and inception of the Redskins’ Women of Washington, the team’s official women’s fan club, also talked about the organization and its initiatives, as well as her involvement with the NFL in creating the league’s women’s apparel line.

Founded in 1968, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has grown to become the largest chamber of commerce in Northern Virginia. With more than 1,200 members, the Loudoun County Chamber has a premier network of businesses and community leaders from some of the nation’s most economically vibrant and fastest-growing counties.

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Rally For Hope With ‘Cooleys For The Cure’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 5, 2011 – 11:43 am

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In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Redskins All-Pro tight end Chris Cooley has announced his third annual “Cooleys For The Cure” rally.  The event will take place this Monday Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m. at Clyde’s in Ashburn.  Tickets are $65 on Cooley’s website, and buy you an excellent spread of food and drinks.  Donations are also possible on the site.

Breast cancer affects us all in way or another, and it was Chris’s mother, Nancy, whose diagnosis brought the issue to the forefront for Chris.  This rally goes to benefit two organizations that assist women in Northern Virginia: the IIIB’s, and the The Virginia Hospital Center – Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.

This is part of Nancy Cooley’s story, in her own words:

On a Friday while driving to work, I received a call from my doctor telling me that I had breast cancer. It was one week before Chris and Christy’s wedding. I had many relatives coming to town that weekend and the next week. Instead of being able to focus on seeing everyone and celebrating Chris and Christy’s wedding, the only thoughts in my head were “I have cancer”.

I went through four months of chemotherapy, surgeries – six now, and 28 radiation treatments over the past three years. Reconstruction has been ongoing to try to rebuild my broken body. I know that these treatments would not be available without the help of the money raised for research of this horrible disease.

During the past three years, I have met many women who are battling cancer – Kathy, Noel, Regina, Karin, Della, and Kim. These are six women who reached out to me after learning that they had breast cancer. They are all mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. I’m so grateful that they too have successfully battled cancer so far. There are so many more people, not just women that are battling cancer. We need an end to this madness!!

And here is Chris in his own tweets:

Go to Chris’s website for more information.

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Redskins Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month In A Bunch Of Ways

Posted by Matt Terl on October 7, 2010 – 10:10 am

At this Sunday’s game against the Packers, the Redskins — along with Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity and GlaxoSmithKline — will be recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tanya Snyder, NFL Spokesperson for Breast Cancer awareness, will be helping to distribute 60,000 pink ribbons to fans at FedExField, alongside cheerleaders, volunteers from ZTA, and wives of the Redskins players and coaches.

Sunday is also a Think Pink! game, with the players wearing pink gloves, shoes, do-rags, skullcaps, etc. Much of the pink gear debuted last week at Philly (as you can see in the Brian Murphy photo above) but it will make its FedExField debut this Sunday.

And, of course, Chris & Christy Cooley and Derrick & Emma Dockery, along with the Redskins Community Relations department and the American Cancer Society, hosted the Third Annual All-Star Survivors Luncheon earlier this week, which honors women battling breast cancer. I wrote about it here, Larry Weisman wrote about it here, and Redskins.com TV put together this excellent piece about the event:


And, speaking of the Redskins Wives, cancer benefit events, and Redskins.com TV, let me take this opportunity to make one more reference to the Redskins Wives — or, to more accurately use their official name, the Women of Washington — and their charity basketball game against the Eagles Wives last Saturday. I’ve mentioned the event more than a few times — WAY more than I expected — but I’m bringing it up again here because Redskins.com TV put together a full post-game highlight-and-interviews package that’s worth watching, even if you’ve already watched the CSN video I posted earlier.

There’s more reactions to the game from Redskins players, including a fired-up DeAngelo Hall. There’s more of the pushing-and-shoving, and the ladies inciting the crowd by pointing at the scoreboard while the boos rain down. Even more of post-game coach Mike Williams explaining the fiery D.C.-Philly women’s basketball rivalry. And reactions from the players themselves, including Roxi McNabb and leading scorer Annabelle Williams.

If you watch only one internet video about a charity women’s basketball game this week … well, it was probably the CSN one from a few days ago. But I highly recommend that you step it up to TWO internet videos about a charity women’s basketball game and check this one out as well. Read more »

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Sunday, October 4: Breast Cancer Awareness Via Football Uniforms

Posted by Matt Terl on October 4, 2009 – 10:00 am

The Redskins will be wearing the traditional white jerseys and burgundy pants for today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with the decidedly non-traditional pink gloves, pink wristbands, and — in some cases — pink cleats, as part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness campaign.
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Wednesday, September 30: The Jerseys Of Redskins Wives

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2009 – 10:02 am

The wives of Redskins players and coaches were all pretty uniformly thrilled to be able to participate in yesterday’s All Star Survivors Luncheon.

Christy Cooley, wife of Chris: “It’s amazing. It’s really cool. Its great to see all the different players wives and coaches wives come out too and help out.”

Majanique Alexander, wife of Lorenzo: “Both of my grandmothers passed away from cancer. One ovarian and one breast cancer, but … the women we were put with today, there was some divine reason because they’ve all been sharing their stories and it’s been really special.”

Brian Orakpo’s fiancee Tura: “It’s been really neat. It’s been really great, we’ve met some wonderful people, some really great women. And to hear their stories, some of the things they’re going through from the beginning of treatment to towards the end of treatment from these women who survived it … it’s been really awesome.”

Joy Zorn, wife of head coach Jim: “I have almost cried about three times just hearing these ladies’ stories. They are just incredibly courageous. It helps to put life in perspective when you hear what some of these women have dealt with and what a difference it makes to them to be able to look like themselves again.”

Emma Dockery, wife of Derrick and one of the driving forces behind growing Chris Cooley’s event from last year into the larger spectacle of yesterday: “On a personal side, yesterday marked the third year of my mother passing from breast cancer. I feel like if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So this is pretty much my lemonade.

“I got involved with breast cancer things when we were in Buffalo,” Dockery continued, “And I think that October is a wonderful month, but it doesn’t just stop at October. 365 days a year these women are dealing with this and they’re fighting and they’re winning. And that’s what makes it important to me to come out and really be a voice, if you will, for just that. Just to continue for people to fight, continue for people to win, continue for people to live life because it’s so precious. You look at the scheme of things, life is so short, so you might as well live every day the best you can.”

Dockery made another major contribution to the event: all of the wives and girlfriends were wearing Redskins jerseys with their husband’s numbers on them, but the numbers and names were all in the distinctive pink of breast cancer awareness.
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Saturday, September 26: More About Tanya Snyder And The Think Pink! Game

Posted by Matt Terl on September 26, 2009 – 11:12 am

When I wrote yesterday about the upcoming breast cancer awareness campaign at the October 4 game against Tampa Bay, I focused mostly on the gear — the pink gloves and hats and towels and all that. The New York Times took a different route, profiling Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and one of the lead spokespeople for the NFL’s breast cancer awareness initiative.

And, honestly, the article is much more interesting than my pictures of gloves and patches were. The Snyders as a family are deeply personal people, and the story is interesting as a peek into their private life; it’s also effective — for obvious reasons — as a lesson about the importance of early detection.

But each October, Tanya has stood outside FedEx Field handing out pink ribbons as fans arrived for a Redskins game, part of Think Pink!, the campaign she and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority started in 1999 to raise breast cancer awareness. At the time, the Redskins were the only N.F.L. team to participate. At least 20 teams now take part, and one of the Snyders’ two daughters nudges pink ribbons onto reluctant men by telling them, “Real men wear pink.”

Tanya has taped a public-service announcement about breast cancer And she is not a neophyte; as a fashion executive, she hit it off with Dan by talking business on their first date. But she still measures her words carefully when talking about breast cancer. She wants to be a good example to her children – two daughters, 14 and 11, and a son, 7 – and to show them that she is going to be all right. Soon after her diagnosis, her son went to school and told his friends that his mother was going to die.

Don’t get me wrong: the pink gear is still pretty cool-looking, but it’s good to also remember that this stuff is genuinely important, and that these initiatives actually provide direct assistance to people who need it. It’s an article that’s worth reading. Read more »

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Friday, September 25: Burgundy and Gold and … Pink?

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 9:24 am

At the next home game, October 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Redskins will participating in the league-wide “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness campaign. Tanya Snyder will be the official Coin Toss Observer, and — like last year — Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members will be distributing pink ribbons and education cards outside the stadium.

Also, lots and lots of the in-game … stuff, for lack of a better term, will be pink. Pink captains patches, receiver gloves, goalpost padding, field stencils, helmet stickers, K-balls, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, and so on. There’s even pink trim on the referees uniforms for the day. And a few player, including Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis, are scheduled to be wearing pink cleats.

The game-worn pink gear will be autographed post-game and auctioned off for charity at NFL Auction. And there really is a whole lot of it. Read more »

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