Colored Pink for the Cure

Ryan Emord, Staff Writer

Bleachers filled with screaming fans, shoulder pads crashing on the field, two teams, but with only one thing on the minds of everyone: the color pink and the fight for a cure.

On Thursday October 7, 2010, the school held it first annual Pink-Out Night during the Thursday Night Lights football game against Bonanza High School. The event, sponsored by Student Council, was proposed to support the research for a cure to breast cancer. Student council sold pink shirts to bring both spirit to the school, and to the cause that it supported, the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation.  T-shirt funds raised, sold at $10 each, were donated to the foundation. Many other schools held similar events, using the symbol of the pink ribbon painted on the field as a strong symbol for the fight for a cure.

“We all need to be aware and need to find a care,” Mrs. Amy Langhorst said. The fact that anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer, females and male alike, formed a bond in support of finding a cure.

“Breast cancer can affect anyone in your life, male or female,” Langhorst said.

The football team also took this event in a different stride.

“It’s an added incentive,” Head Coach Marcus Teal said. “We are getting awareness for breast cancer, which just makes the game even better.”

The players agreed with their coach as they entered the rival game against BHS with an added encouragement to win. “It’s a rivalry game for the banner,” senior Richard Sparkman said. “But it would also just feel good to win it to support the cause.”

The varsity team (3-4) won with a score of 57-44.