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  • PHS hosts Pink Out the Hardwood

  • Cancer knows no season.



    While October most often is associated with breast cancer awareness, Pittsburg High School decided to give the cause some love for Valentine’s Day.

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  • Cancer knows no season.
    While October most often is associated with breast cancer awareness, Pittsburg High School decided to give the cause some love for Valentine’s Day.
    Thursday’s Pink Out the Hardwood event during the home basketball games between PHS and Coffeyville High School wasn’t held in honor of any particular individual, and no funds were raised this year. Rather, it was an opportunity for the cause to remain in the community’s awareness.
    “Once a year, on one of our home games, we try to do a pink out for breast cancer awareness,” said head basketball coach Kim Peterson-O’Bray.
    She sad this year the date of the event was chosen because a number of opportunities came together.
    Participants in a dance clinic planned to perform in pink, and the basketball season slipped away quickly, leaving Thursday as the last guaranteed home game. When these factors coincided with Valentine’s Day, it was a natural fit.
    “Basically, it is to raise awareness and show support,” Peterson-O’Bray said.
    Assistant coach Bridgett Keating-Lancaster said she and teacher Emily Smith were a part of the event when it began.
    “We’d seen other teams do it and we wondered why we didn’t do anything for breast cancer,” she said. “Emily Smith and I really got into it our first year.”
    At that time, the event included fundraising and T-shirt sales.
    “That first year that we did it there were so many orders from USD 250,” Keating-Lancaster said.
    Keating-Lancaster said the money raised was donated to Angels Among Us, and that they did fundraising the second year as well, and radio promotions also have gotten word out over the years.
    The efforts spilled over to a volleyball season pink out, where much of the fundraising now takes place, attendees dress head-to-toe in pink and breast cancer survivors are recognized.
    Peterson-O’Bray said she would enjoy returning to fundraising during the basketball season, but that it is fun just to be able to wear pink in honor of a good cause.
    Dragon fans showed up on Valentine’s evening in T-shirts representing years of awareness efforts, and pink could be spotted in bows on cheerleaders’ hair, on warm-up jerseys and all over the stands.
    The coaches said plenty of pink was worn by teachers, students and custodians during the school day as well.
    “We try to get the community involved,” Keating-Lancaster said. “It’s for a great cause. It’s fun to do something and we always look for ways to be recognizable in the community.”
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