Folks walking into the Byrd High gym on Tuesday night for the school’s annual showdown with Captain Shreve might be surprised at the amount of pink, rather than purple and gold or green and gold, dominating the color scheme.
Pink will be the dominant hue at 6 p.m. Tuesday when the cross-town rivals hold their annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” contest, which has generated more than $5,000 for cancer research over the past four years. One dollar is added to the ticket price of the game with all those proceeds being donated.
“It’s a cool thing to be a part of,” Byrd girls coach Toni Martinez said. “And it’s something that both schools want to participate in.”
Coaches and administrators from both schools, including Lady Gators coach Keith Greene, will don pink pullovers, while the Byrd team will wear pink uniforms. The Shreve girls will have pink shoestrings.
“The first two years we donated the proceeds to the “Play for K” (Yow) Foundation, but last year we gave it to the local American Cancer Society to try to keep it more local,” Martinez. “This year, we will give it to a member of our Byrd family who is dealing with cancer.”
Martinez said the student body from both schools has gotten into the effort to raise money for a worthy cause.
“Shreve and Byrd is always a sellout, so this is the best game for us to do this,” she said. “It’s basically a pink-out game.”