Newly designed charitable shirts featuring 25+ players dedicated to fighting cancer are available online
WASHINGTON – One Team For The Cure shirts benefiting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. are now on sale online through One Team Shop (www.oneteamshop.com), the NFLPA’s e-commerce store featuring officially licensed player merchandise of more than 1,800 NFL players.
As of today’s launch, the following players who are passionate about raising awareness for the disease have committed to participating in the 2015 One Team For The Cure campaign: Doug Baldwin, Sam Barrington, Joique Bell, Le’Veon Bell, Ka’Deem Carey, Jared Cook, Thomas Davis, Harry Douglas, Andre Ellington, Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, Devin Hester, Justin Houston, Malcolm Jenkins, Rashad Jennings, Jarvis Landry, E.J. Manuel, Vance McDonald, Branden Oliver, Marcel Reece, Coty Sensabaugh, Torrey Smith, Devon Still, Shane Vereen, DeMarcus Ware and Tramon Williams.
“While millions of people are affected by cancer every year, living with the illness can be an isolating experience. It is inspiring to see players and fans unite for this cause and prove that no one is fighting the battle alone,” said Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi. “The proceeds from the One Team for the Cure shirts will enable us to make important advances in cancer care and research, and for that we are very grateful.”
The connection between the NFLPA and Georgetown Lombardi has grown, in part out of a shared connection to the legacy of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi, who was treated for cancer at Georgetown University Hospital before succumbing to the disease in 1970. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is named in his memory.
The design of the shirts feature the One Team For The Cure logo on the front and the player’s name and jersey number positioned on the back, with the Georgetown Lombardi logo located below the One Team For The Cure logo. Georgetown Lombardi will use its portion of the shirt proceeds for cancer research and treatment.
“It’s inspiring to see our players and their fans support the One Team For The Cure initiative and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, who is serving as honorary chair of the annual Georgetown Lombardi Gala for the fifth year. “Finding a cure for cancer is a cause that is close to the hearts of our members and is personally very important to my family. Together, we can continue to help make strides in the fight against cancer.”
“I’m helping to raise awareness and support for cancer research because working towards and ultimately finding a cure is the best way to pay tribute to those who battled the disease,” said Pierre Garçon, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.
The shirts are on sale from October 1 to November 30 online at www.oneteamshop.com and are available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes. Join the conversation around the One Team For The Cure campaign and check out photos of players wearing their tees with the hashtag #OneTeamForTheCure and by following @NFLPA and @LombardiCancer on Twitter.
“Finding a cure for cancer is important to me because I have family members who are survivors and my nephew was recently diagnosed with leukemia,” said Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, “I love my family so I want to raise awareness to protect them in any way I can.”
About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Georgetown Lombardi is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute (grant #P30 CA051008), and the only one in the Washington, DC area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.
About the NFL Players Association
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020. For more information, go to http://www.nflpa.com
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