SAN ANTONIO — It was a good deal gone bad for San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who kept his promise and dyed his hair blond in support of the Lanier High School basketball team making the 2014 playoffs.
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Community members, parents, students and the Voks gathered at La Trinidad United Methodist Church on the west side for the annual team hair-dying and potluck lunch on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
Just as some of the first players sat down to have their hair combed with dye, Mayor Castro walked in with a striking ‘do and was greeted by a cluster of cameras and rambunctious cheering.
Most just chuckled and pointed, making Castro’s grin stretch even wider as he made his way through the crowd of eager people, ready to snap photos with their cellphones.
The tradition goes back a decade, when Lanier basketball team members made it to state and decided they needed something to show how committed they were to each other.
They sought some kind of outward manifestation of this commitment and landed on the very demonstrative action of dying their hair blond, Leslie Price with the San Antonio Independent School District said.
Then, on a visit to Lanier, Mayor Castro was caught off-guard when confronted with the question of whether or not he would join the players in their tradition of going blond, if their basketball team made the playoffs.
Castro said ‘yes,’ and the rest is history.
He keeps losing! said Jaime Castillo, the mayor’s communications director. First it was the Miami-Spurs bet and he had to go over there in a Heat jersey. Now this. We’ll have to wait and see what his limit is.
A bet is a bet, and Castro proved he is a man of his word. He mentioned two things that he wanted the basketball players to take away: always keep your promise — even if it makes you look ridiculous — and know that the San Antonio community supports you on the court and in the classroom.
The playoffs start Feb. 18, 2014. The Voks will have a pep rally Monday at 8 a.m. to send the team off right. Mayor Castro is expected to attend the event with his blond locks, but he’ll go back to his natural color shortly after, just in time for a meeting in Houston, Castillo told KENS 5.