Covering High School Sports in America
Photo by Jeff Napier

An Oregon official from a 2010 game.

The Oregon High School Activities Association has approved a request that will allow football officials to utilize blue penalty flags at games conducted from Sept. 10-23, instead of the customary yellow that fans are so used to seeing. The blue flags will be used to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, except for skin cancer, and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men, trailing only lung cancer. Statistics point to one man in six getting prostate cancer during his lifetime and one in 36 dying of the disease.

The OSAA reports that local associations that provide game officials will notify their officials if they plan to participate. Not all areas of the state may see the blue flags.