Union City set to wear pink uniforms on Friday night

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UNION CITY, TN -- Instead of wearing pink wristbands or pink socks, Union City is taking their support for breast cancer awareness a bit further.

"We're going all out with pink jersey's and socks," said Union City head coach Darren Bowling. "We are also going to have a pink UC on our helmets."

The idea to wear the uniforms came from the Obion County Farmers Bureau, who wanted to help the administration at Union City.

"We had an idea, but we were sitting around and didn't really know where to start," said Union City Principal Wes Kennedy.

"Their plan was a ribbon on the jersey and some pink socks," Hadley Malone said, an agent with Obion County Farmers Bureau. "It's all going to pop on Friday night and hopefully bring a lot of good attention."

Pink may not be the most ideal color to wear on the football field, but it means a lot to two Union City players who have had family members with breast cancer.

"It's a great thing to do," said Union City runningback Ricky Henry. "My grandmother has breast cancer and I can support her, and go support something."

"I have always worn pink in October," said Jamie Pirtle, a Union City lineman. "It's not any different this year, just us wearing pink uniforms."

During the game the jersey's will be auctioned off.

"We have exceeded our goal before the game even starts," Malone said. "It's going to be a great night and a great event."

"Friday nights are special here in Union City," Kennedy said. "This is another way to make it just a little more special."

Special enough that once each October from now on, the Golden Tornadoes will turn to pink.

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