The pink ribbon
, first handed out by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1991, has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness
However, the girl's lacrosse team of South River High School in Maryland got creative with the symbolic color and donned pink socks in memory of the mother of one of their teammates, Brooke Griffin, according to the Washington Post
Griffin, a three-sport athlete, lost her mother Jodi to the disease in 2008.
Griffin's coach Kim McNemar, along with her teammates, came up with the idea to show their support to Griffin.
"It's a way to help [Brooke] remember," McNemar told the news source.
Griffin's mother was present at all her matches, cheering her on in the stands. The pink socks not only serve to honor her memory, but to give Brooke a sense that her mother is still present, the news provider reports.
"Putting the pink socks on reminds me of her and how hard I want to work to make her proud," Brooke told the source.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
has invested nearly $1.5 billion into research to find a cure for breast cancer.
One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society