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On the field: Are you game for a cure?

ASPEN – Forget the red and black or purple and gold, Friday’s Aspen vs. Basalt football game is all about the pink.

“We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way,” said Aspen High Booster Club spokeswoman Mary Ryerson, who is spearheading this year’s Game for the Cure along with Beth Mobilian and members of the Basalt High Booster Club. “So to know that we can all come together to support our youth sports and a good cause is just a great feeling.”

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the two varsity teams are teaming up to raise awareness – athletes will wear pink socks, coaches have pink hats, and cheerleaders will shake pink pom-poms – and money.

“Everyone’s behind this. … You’d be amazed at the response. I’m not exaggerating when I say that so many people who follow the team – and others – have stepped up and pitched in,” said Ryerson, adding that cash donations will be collected at Friday’s game with all proceeds going to Komen Aspen. “And every little bit counts – coins from kids and large contributions alike.”

In fact, Aspen residents Lester and Sue Smith made a $5,000 donation to Komen Aspen as part of this Game for the Cure fund drive.

But money is only one part of the equation, according to Ryerson.

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“Having the boys think about something greater than football, which is important, but still … ” she said.

Indeed, the Aspen Skiers vs. Basalt Longhorns rivalry is real. But cancer is reality.

“They will always be rivals, but by adding this element to the game we add another layer,” Ryerson said. “It’s great to be doing something collaborative – to look at how we can be a community, rather than us versus them.

“It’s the perfect way to get everyone involved.”

Game for the Cure kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Aspen High School stadium.

jmcgovern@aspentimes.com

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