Menorah Medical Center
October 09, 2015

WHO: Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center - part of HCA Midwest Health and Official Healthcare Providers for Heartland Soccer Association.

WHAT: The Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex fields will be PINKED OUT during the Midwest All-Girls Soccer Tournament.

WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

WHERE: Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, 135th and Switzer

WHY: The award-winning Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex turns pink this weekend nearly 5,000 girl soccer players representing more than 300 teams from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and other surrounding states take to the fields for the Midwest All Girls (MAG) soccer tournament hosted by Heartland Soccer Association.  Saturday’s Pink Out presence is designed to raise awareness for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a visual reminder for women to get their mammogram. The MAG features 300 teams from eight states, drawing thousands of children, parents, grandparents and families from across the region in one of the Kansas City metropolitan areas largest all-girl annual soccer tournaments

Pink ribbons will be painted on the fields, field marshals and tournament staff will be dressed in pink attire and players will use pink soccer balls during the tournament. Fans and supporters are encouraged to wear pink on Saturday to show their support. In addition, OPRMC and MMC will have a display booth with information on their nationally -accredited breast programs, including mammogram and the benefits of their latest technology, 3D mammograms. Pink ribbons and Sugar Drop Cookies will be sold to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“We value our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association, helping keep kids safe on and off the fields,” says Kevin Hicks, Chief Executive Officer at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “This community event gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of early detection—and that it helps saves lives when it comes to diagnosing and treating breast cancer.”

This is one of our favorite soccer events of the year, as seeing so many girls compete from eight states is inspiring, but having the fields turn pink, makes soccer have an even deeper meaning in our community,” says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, Heartland Soccer Association. “We are grateful for HCA Midwest Health to help us make this happen.”

Interview Opportunities

Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center physicians and staff will host health event and be onsite to answer questions about the importance of early screening.

9 - 11 a.m.

*Nasim Ahmadiyeh, M.D., Ph.D.:  Board Certified Surgeon and Fellowship trained Breast Surgical Oncologist Breast Surgical Oncologist from The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center, part of Sarah Cannon at Menorah Medical Center, regarding breast health, breast cancer and importance of early screening.

*Gina Shay-Zapien, Nurse Navigator: The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center, part of Sarah Cannon at Menorah Medical Center, Breast Cancer Survivor

*Moms who are breast cancer survivors: their daughters are playing in the tournament.

*All day: B-roll opportunity to film pink soccer fields and interview spectators.