Central Recreation to put on Colorful Events for Breast Cancer Awareness


Photo Courtesy of Mary Shelley

Rec Sports students attend Color in Motion 5K in Houston last spring. The run served as the inspiration behind Color Dodgeball.

San Jacinto College Central Campus Recreational (Rec) Sports will host Color Out Cancer Oct. 14 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The series of events will start with a Fun Run/Walk before moving on to Color Dodgeball.

Mary Shelley, the assistant director of Rec Sports and event organizer, said she wanted to participate in the yearly campaign and decided to join forces with the Susan G. Komen Foundation in what she hopes will become an annual event.

“This is a joint effort to raise awareness and surpass our fundraising goal from last year’s 700 dollars,” Shelley said. “We knew we wanted to continue giving back to our community; so it just made sense, being October, to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.”

According to Shelley, the name Color Dodgeball sounds bizarre but participants will enjoy the new twist to the enduring schoolyard game.

“Imagine a hacky sack flying through the air and plop! Right on your head,” she said. “Pink, purple, blue, tons of color comes oozing down your head.”

Rec Sports plans to commemorate those who have lost the battle, and those who continue to fight breast cancer, at this event. All donations are welcome, as well as members of the San Jac community who would like to participate in memory of a loved one or on behalf of a breast cancer survivor. The events are open to participation by both faculty and students, and if it goes well, Rec Sports will host an intramural competition between the two. “The door will be open for a possible faculty versus student match-up in the future,” Shelley said.

Meanwhile, the Rec Sports group is going to be very busy during November and December, Shelley noted. First on their agenda is collecting toys on behalf of Toys for Tots, followed by the Souper Bowl of Caring; a food drive conducted in partnership with HEB that fills the student pantry on the Central campus.

In addition to philanthropic efforts, the popularity of intramural indoor soccer is also keeping them occupied.

“Our registration had to be closed because we hit our limit at 115 students,” she said. “We have even split soccer into two nights.

Color Out Cancer, Shelley added, offers activities that appeal to a broad range of interests including intramural sport, community outreach, or just an opportunity to have fun.

“So come out and make a splash of color,” she said, “and support Breast Cancer awareness.”

Color out Cancer will take place Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the track on the Central campus. More information is available at www.sjcd.edu/campus-life/athletics/rec-sports/rec-sports-central/color-out-cancer.