New Jersey High Schooler Banned From Wearing Pink Gloves to Support Mom’s Fight Against Breast Cancer — Is It Fair?
Julian Connerton, a football player on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders in New Jersey, wanted to show support for his mother as she battles breast cancer by wearing pink gloves during his game. When Connerton’s coach told him he could not play if he wore the pink gloves rather than the required black last Saturday night, he promptly quit.
Louis Barrios, of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association’s board of directors, said Julian’s coach, Paul Burgan, did not realize why the 12-year-old had elected to wear pink gloves, something pro players do to show support for breast cancer awareness. Players are permitted wear pink in October, which is breast cancer awareness month, but not beyond.
“It was strictly a uniform situation,” Barrios said. “No one knew that there was a personal reason why the kid wanted to wear the gloves. … The game was ready to begin in minutes, and it was a communication issue. There was a storm. It was chaotic.”
Mason Wright, the athletic director of Egg Harbor, stated that gloves are part of the team’s uniform, which must adhere to certain appearance standards. But whether or not color matters is debatable. “To be honest, that much detail has never come up before,” Wright said.