OSU Student Works to ‘Pink Out’ Purdue

At Ohio Stadium this year, fans might see a little bit more than just scarlet and grey – especially if they attend the Saturday, October 20th game against Purdue. For the second year in a row, a small group of volunteers are coordinating a “Pink Out” event with the hopes of raising funds for Komen Columbus and the Stefanie Spielman Fund during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Jim, second from left, and his army of volunteers after “Pinking out Penn State” in 2011.

Jim Ellia, a fourth year strategic communications major, is behind the project, which follows last year’s Pink Out Penn State event. Jim and his group sold t-shirts and urged fans to wear pink at the game, and raised $2,700 for Komen Columbus.

“This year we are selling t-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness and we want to see how you POP your pink,” Jim said.

Anyone wanting to get involved can visit pinkoutpurdue.com for more details or to purchase t-shirts.

The logo for this year’s t-shirt.

“We have always felt that any and all help is appreciated. That attitude carries over to our goals, as in any and all awareness, donations, etc. raised, is a success. We have a team goal of 5,000 shirts sold, but we feel that 10 shirts sold, still makes a difference,” Jim said. “Another one of our goals is to simply motivate students, as well as adults, to get involved in charity and to help others when possible. This positive message is needed in our world today and the Pink Out can help spread that  message!”

Jim was inspired to get involved in the fight against breast cancer when he worked with other Komen volunteers during his senior year of high school.

“Working with Key Club, we organized a Pink Out at my high school. After meeting some of the survivors, I couldn’t feel more appreciated. They were all so thankful, it felt like I had saved the world; instead I helped sell t-shirts. Those women and men showed me a new sign of hope, to never give up, to always smile, and to appreciate everything. My goal is to spread those messages.”

We can’t wait to see all the pink at Ohio Stadium on October 20th! Join the Pink Out effort today.