EGG HARBOR CITY - A New Jersey boy who briefly quit his youth football team when his coach told him he couldn't wear pink gloves is back on the squad.

Julian Connerton wanted to wear the gloves to support his mother's fight against breast cancer. And when the 12-year-old returned to the field Saturday, he wasn't the only one wearing pink.

All of Connerton's teammates on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders and the team's cheerleaders reportedly donned pink socks to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The dispute over the gloves began when Connerton wore them to a recent game and his coach told him to take them off. The coach later said he simply forgot why the boy wanted to wear the gloves and apologized for the misunderstanding.

AP wire services contributed to this report.