Staff Report

“No matter where you are at in life, if you think you have it bad, there’s someone else that has it worse — and we emphasize pushing through and helping others,” said Josh McClurg, head football coach of the Santa Ynez Pirates.

While playing against Lompoc High School on Friday night, Oct. 4, the Pirates will wear pink socks in recognition of Cancer Awareness Month and of a Pirate family that is going through a cancer battle.

Both the junior varsity and varsity teams will wear pink and conduct a raffle to raise money for the family.

Besides playing this game to highlight awareness of breast cancer, McClurg said, the SYHS coaches stress at all times to their players the importance of community service.

 “Go Pink Night is a very meaningful tradition for our football family as players, coaches, and fans honor all women and men who are fighting cancer, and to remember those special to us who have fought the battle and have lost,” McClurg said.

Former coach Carl Rio lost his battle with cancer three years ago.

Santa Ynez High School Football Boosters will hold the raffle at the game, with prizes that include a Pirate football helmet signed by all the players, a flat screen television, and a letterman’s jacket custom designed by DellaValle Embroidery of Solvang, among other prizes.

Anyone interested in making a donation can email the SYHS Football Boosters at sypiratefootball@gmail.comor visit