The Redskins kicked off their 19th annual Think Pink event, raising awareness for breast cancer research while honoring those who have battled the disease.*
Since 1999, the women of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Tanya Snyder have partnered together to promote early detection & breast cancer awareness before a Washington Redskins game during the month of October.
Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington owner Dan Snyder, and ZTA continued their tradition Sunday before the Redskins took on the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField in Landover, Md.
The event was part of the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign, where teams around the league raise awareness for different types of cancer.
"This is 19 years, I am so proud. This is a wonderful day," Snyder said. "We have over 300 Zeta volunteers today to share the wonderful milestone event. It's incredible, so proud."
When the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign originated, a majority of its emphasis was put on breast cancer awareness. Entering 2017, the campaign expanded even more to include all types of cancers that have an early detection screening test, giving teams around the league options for which cause to support.
While many NFL teams have chosen to promote other types of cancer research, the Redskins decided that breast cancer would remain Washington's fighting cause. Erin Froehlich coordinator for ZTA's involvement in the event, said she was glad they decided to stick with breast cancer.
"It's been awesome. This is my fifth year coordinating," she said. "She's such a supporter. She's the one that said 'Yeah, the Redskins are going to do it again this year.' A lot of other teams are going to other cancers and other foundations, but they're very strong in doing breast cancer."
Dozens of ZTA members met with. Snyder, taking pictures and sharing their stories. Surrounded by a sea of pink-clad sorority members, passing out Think Pink ribbons to fans entering the stadium for Sunday's game.
Snyder said she was extremely proud of how far the Redskins' involvement in breast cancer awareness has come, and is always glad to see supporters sporting pink everywhere she looks.
"It makes me extremely proud, and it started on such a grassroots effort, one ribbon at a time, one Zeta at a time, and it has grown every year tremendously," Snyder said. "I do hear, as I travel around the world, it's just gotten bigger and bigger and we're very, very proud."
After passing out ribbons, Mrs. Snyder paid a visit to the the All-Star Survivor's Celebration in the Women of Washington pre-game party. She met with 30 women battling breast cancer offering her support and gratitude to the women that highlight the best and strongest fans of the Redskins. On Monday these women will participate in the 10th Annual All-Star Survivor Celebration for a day of pampering with the players and their wives.