SEC Turns Teal in Honor of Alex Wilcox
The Alabama softball team wore a rare teal jersey in its series opener against Georgia on Saturday afternoon. However, the Tide was not the only team supporting the color.
Softball teams throughout the Southeastern Conference dressed out in teal on Saturday, not only to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, but also to honor the life and memory of the late Mississippi State softball player Alex Wilcox.
Wilcox grew up in Brantley, Ala., located 60 miles south of Montgomery. She played softball at Brantley High School where she won three AHSAA state titles and won two AHSAA State Tournament MVP Awards, according to HailState.com.
The Alabama native was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December of 2015 when she was 16 years old.
During her time in Starkville, Miss., she saw 15 at bats and picked up 3 hits in her eight games played, with a .200 batting average. The Bulldog became a member of the 2017-18 First-Year SEC Honor Roll.
Wilcox passed away on June 25, 2018, at the age of 18.
The Crimson Tide included teal socks and bows with the jerseys in its series opener with Georgia, while the Bulldogs wore teal bows.
LSU held its ninth-annual GeauxTeal Walk, an event created in 2013 to raise awareness for ovarian cancer prior to its softball game today. The team wore teal helmets, as well as color its tiger logo on the field teal as well for the Strikeout Ovarian Cancer game.
Mississippi State wore full teal-inspired uniforms: jerseys, white pants with teal embroidery, white and teal helmets, plus teal socks in its game against Tennessee. The Volunteers wore teal jerseys.
The rest of the SEC teams wore a mixture of teal bows, jerseys, socks, and helmets in all of the games slated for Saturday.
Most softball teams social media accounts went teal, including: LSU, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Tennessee, while also using the hashtag #AllForAlex.
Players and coaches around the SEC were seen wearing teal shirts that say “All For Alex,” throughout practice and games, including Abilene Christian University, a small, private school in Abilene, Tex., who played Texas A&M this weekend.
This is the second year of the "All For Alex" day by the SEC.