Bonner Springs encourages fans to think pink
Bonner Springs High School will play host to the first “Coming Together for the Cure” when it plays a basketball doubleheader against Turner at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Bonner Springs YMCA.
Both schools have joined forces to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
The event is an all-school fundraiser to raise money for the KU Breast Cancer Research Center and is a joint effort with Turner. Both schools have held activities throughout the week to raise funds. During the boys and girls games on Friday, the KU Breast Cancer Research Center will have a booth with information about breast cancer to help raise awareness.
The biggest portion of the fundraiser will be the selling of pink “Coming Together for a Cure” T-shirts. BSHS wants the normal “Orange Crush” of parents and students wearing orange shirts to turn into a “Pink Crush” for the night. T-shirts have been on sale before school throughout the week for $7, with all of the proceeds benefiting the research center. Those wearing the pink shirts to the game will receive $2 off the cost of admission.
The teams will wear the pink T-shirts during warm-ups before stripping down to their normal uniforms.
“I am very excited about the ‘Coming Together for a Cure’ event. When (boys basketball) coach (Ryan) Hull and Jennifer Schlicht, our cheer coach, approached me with the idea of doing an event like this to help bring awareness, I immediately gave them the green light to run with it,” BSHS athletics director John Hilton said. “I think it is a cause that everyone can rally around. I know that our kids are very excited to be a part of something that truly matters. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and whatever we can do, (no matter how) big or small to raise money and awareness, can help make a difference.
“Our cheerleading coaches, Jennifer Schlicht and Adriane Law have worked very hard to put on this week’s events. I am very proud of their hard work and dedication. This event is something that will become an annual event with our friends at Turner High School, and next year they will host.”
BSHS girls basketball coach Clay Oakes also likes the idea.
“It’s a great deal that both schools are able to come together as one for this,” Oakes said. “It’s nice to be able to compete against each other on the floor, but at the same time be on the same team as far as raising money for such a good cause.”
Hull thought that he could try to do something this year as a way for his kids to help raise awareness for the disease that has affected so many people, but he had no idea that it would take off like it has.
“I am really excited about (this week). It started out as just a gleam in my eye, but (Schlicht and Law) have really taken the ball and run with it,” Hull said. “I think they have made it a lot cooler than my original idea of warming up in pink shirts and passing a bucket for money.
“It is going to be a pretty big night for us — a lot of pink hopefully. We want a ‘Pink-Out’ from both fan bases in the stands.”
The school will also have a memorial wall where people can honor a survivor or victim of breast cancer by donating $1 to have the name displayed on the wall.
“We don’t hold a lot of clout as basketball coaches usually,” Hull said. “But, when we get an opportunity to do something positive we should jump at it.”