Campaign Kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

Sep 25th, 2017

Many sports officials across the country wear pink in October, breast cancer awareness month, and on Mother's Day. We are proud to help support these efforts with a yearly campaign that features sales of pink sports officiating products.

Last year, with the help of customers like you and local associations, $5,600 was raised for the American Cancer Society, a new record! Won't you help us reach our 2017 goal of $6,000?


If you are already a "BLUE for Pink Umpire" or someone who "Blows the Whistle Against Breast Cancer" or someone who "Throws the Flag on Breast Cancer", thank you!

We are proud to be Your Official Pink Outfitter.

Truly, the easiest thing for you to do help us reach this goal is purchase pink products throughout the year. Do so, and we will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society with each purchase of select pink products. Those products include pink whistles, flags and caps for referees and pink shirts and ball bags for umpires.

After recently adding 3 new pink products, we now offer 20 pink products for sports officials.

Smitty MLB Replica Umpire Shirt - Pink with Black

Wilson MLB Pink Dyna-Lite Steel Umpire Mask

Pink EPIK Whistle

Find specific items for your sport: Baseball/Softball | Football/Lacrosse | Basketball/Wrestling | Volleyball

Association Fundraising

Another way we raise money through our campaign is to ask local associations to purchase pink products and/or "pass the hat" to make additional donations. Two groups located here with us in Louisville, the Kentuckiana Football Officials Association (KFOA) and Kentuckiana Baseball Umpire Association (KBUA), have been big supporters of our breast cancer efforts over the years.

The KFOA is especially supportive during October. Last year, all officials sported pink down indicators, penalty flags, and throw down bags during breast cancer awareness month and were responsible for $500 of our campaign amount through separate donations by their officials. This year, they'll be throwing the pink penalty flag in October.

We want to thank them and all other associations for their efforts.

(KFOA President Don Hudson with Jim)

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President/CEO Jim Kirk

Jim has had a passion for sports since he can remember. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire in Kentucky - during the Elbeco shirt years - as a way to make ends meet. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and eventually bought in 2006. Jim is proud of's success, staff and sponsorship of various groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on their board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. Jim has also coached youth and middle school baseball 10 years.