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High school sports: Schools again participating in Win-Win Week to support cancer awareness and prevention

Monday signified the opening of Win-Win Week, the third-annual collaboration of the University of Oklahoma's Stephenson Cancer Center and the OSSAA. In just two years, the events have raised over $210,000.
by Scott Wright Published: September 9, 2012
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photo - Pom squad members, from left to right, Hannah Milam, Brittany Snolis and Allison Freeman, wear pink t-shirts during last week's Putnam City-Putnam City West game at Putnam City Stadium for Win-Win Week. Win-Win Week is a statewide effort by Oklahoma high schools to support cancer awareness. PHOTO PROVIDED
Pom squad members, from left to right, Hannah Milam, Brittany Snolis and Allison Freeman, wear pink t-shirts during last week's Putnam City-Putnam City West game at Putnam City Stadium for Win-Win Week. Win-Win Week is a statewide effort by Oklahoma high schools to support cancer awareness. PHOTO PROVIDED

One of the biggest weeks in high school sports has arrived, and it has nothing to do with the matchups on the field.

Monday signified the opening of Win-Win Week, the third-annual collaboration of the University of Oklahoma's Stephenson Cancer Center and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

The week — which actually extends well beyond seven days, with some schools still holding Win-Win activities in October — is geared to showcase cancer awareness and prevention, and prompting high school students to use their athletic events for the cause.

The fall sports of football, volleyball, softball, cross country and fall baseball are all used to promote cancer awareness and raise money for those fighting cancer.

So if you attend one of these games this week and beyond, you'll begin to notice athletes wearing pink wristbands, or ribbon stickers on helmets, or a variety of other symbols of the fight against cancer.

Though this is only the third year of the program, 120 different schools have participated, many of them taking part each of the first two years.

In those two years, more than $210,000 have been raised, and every dollar raised stays in Oklahoma.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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