Oakmont youth football players learn the true meaning of thinking pink

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Ernesto Dorado has been coaching youth football for, as he put it, “quite awhile.”

He has seen more sports organizations become involved in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with that, he has seen a growing trend among players to wear pink.

Dorado also wondered how many of them actually knew why they were wearing pink. So, the head coach of Oakmont’s Junior Midget team turned it into a teachable moment last month.

Any player who wanted to wear pink could do so by paying $5 per item per week, whether it was gloves, socks, a chinstrap, etc. The only real rule was that the Junior Vikings didn’t want the parents forking over the money. Dorado wanted the kids to earn the money and suggested various chores. His sons, Trevor and Travis, pulled weeds.

“The $5 is on you,” Dorado said. “My priority was to teach the boys about being selfless. If you’re going to rally behind a cause, what does it mean to you?”

The players learned. Their fundraiser netted $405, $100 of which went to a care package that included a massage and dinner for a teammate’s mother, who’s battling cancer. A check for the other $305 was presented to representatives of the Keaton Raphael Memorial of Roseville at a Junior Vikings game.

“We wanted to do something locally,” Dorado said. “The boys were really proud, especially giving to one of their own.”

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