BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot High School football team will have something in common with the pros tonight -- they are going pink. In support of breast cancer awareness month the Broncos have dedicated their senior night to Coach Stan Buck’s wife, Kim and all other breast cancer survivors.
The team will wear pink mouthguards, wristbands, stickers and shoelaces to show their support. Generous donations from Bingham Memorial Hospital and Stadium Sports helped make the event possible. Cheerleaders will also throw pink footballs and other pink items to the crowd.
“At first we were just thinking we would get the team pink bands,” said football booster Tawni Lewis. “We approached Coach Buck and he was excited about it. Our excitement really grew from there. The boys are excited. They really understand what this is all about. Everybody loves Kim, she is always around and she is a huge proponent of breast cancer awareness. She is somebody that a lot of people lean on for support and for this one night we get to honor her and all other breast cancer survivors.”
Coach Stan Buck said the NFL sent out an email to high school coaches encouraging them to support the cause and help raise awareness. He said he is happy and see the parents get involved and “it should be a fun night.”
Boosters have also arranged for all of the proceeds from the 50/50 auction to be donated to the family of Don Finck who recently passed away. Finck’s son is part of the freshman football squad.
Lewis said originally the night was not intended to be a fundraiser in any way, but when local businesses heard they wanted to be involved. Approximately 20 pink themed gift baskets have been donated and will be raffled at halftime.
Organizers joke this is one night when it is ok to clash your colors. If you don’t wear green or black be sure to put on pink.
However, Coach Marty Early said, “I am hoping we can still get a little ugly.”
The Broncos will face the Hillcrest Knights tonight at 7 p.m.