Neil has a teammate who wore pink gloves for a while and when asked why he wore them, his response was they were cool. When Neil came with his pink spikes for his cleats, some kids were accusing him of trying to be like the other boy. When Neil informed them why he wore pink, they were all immediately quiet.
Daniel has had some really special moments wearing pink. Last week at football practice I was talking to another mother and she asked me if my son was the one who always wears pink. Daniel has a pink mouth guard, pink gloves, pink socks, pink wristband, pink cleat spikes and a pink towel. When I replied yes, she paused for a moment and then said, "thank you." She went on to tell me she is currently fighting breast cancer and it's nice to see someone so young doing something to honor that fight. It made me proud to know Daniel makes these choices and that his effort is recognized.