Oct. 23, 2012
As this is being posted, the Florida Atlantic men's golf team is finishing up play on the second day of the HBU Men's Intercollegiate in Missouri City, Texas.
The fact that the Owls are playing the final 18 holes of a two-day tournament isn't unusual. Their manner of dress today, however, is very much different.
The pink shirts you see on the players in this team picture were donated to Coach Angelo Sands' team by Dr. Joseph and Lynn Ouslander. I had the chance to catch up with Lynn yesterday, and asked why she and her husband, who is the Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs at FAU, chose the men's golf team for this endeavor.
"Part of it is my husband and I both enjoy golf, but he's a fanatic," she said. "He has a golfing connection with Angelo, they have rivalries going back and forth. Last year, they were talking about shirts, we said 'we need to get you guys pink shirts.' We enjoy all the sports and try to be supportive of FAU any way we can, but not everyone can relate the golf team."
Of course, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which adds to the meaning of this donation.
"If it gets one person to think about having a loved one get a mammogram, it's worth it," said Lynn. "Pink will bring that out in anybody, if they haven't thought about it before, and screening is a big deal."
And who says tough guys don't wear pink?
"It takes a lot for a guy to get out there in pink and it means a lot for men to go out there and support women like this. I think them wearing the shirts is fantastic," said Lynn.