Two rough-and-tumble schools will join teams and athletes from around the country in supporting an even tougher endeavor this week.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL used special footballs featuring pink ribbons while players such as Brett Favre wore pink cleats. On Friday night, Chapin and Blythewood will hold special ceremonies during their home games.
Chapin (7-1), ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, will wear pink and white jerseys while taking on Lower Richland at Cecil Woolbright Field. The Chapin Eagle Club has been collecting $40 donations that allow supporters to own the special uniforms, part of the Think Pink Chapin initiative.
Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Koman For the Cure Foundation for breast cancer research.
Blythewood has also been planning its Breast Cancer Awareness Night, which will be held during its game with South Pointe at Richland 2 Stadium.
All fans are encouraged to wear pink for Pink It Out Night. Breast cancer survivors will be honored at halftime.
The Blythewood Touchdown Club will sell pink rubber-band bracelets, sweat bands and cell phone ring covers at the stadium, with proceeds going to cancer research. A nurse talk will take place from 6-9 p.m. where medical professionals will answer questions about the disease.
The event was so important to the school and the community, Blythewood athletics director Vince Lowry had to stand up to fellow educators from Rock Hill to protect it.
Friday is the day schools in Rock Hill School District 3 will be closed as all teachers will take a furlough day due to the financial crisis. Coaching stipends are separate from salaries and will be paid despite the furlough.
But the district's three high schools, Rock Hill, Northwestern and South Pointe, asked to move their games from Friday to Thursday so the coaches would not be asked to work on their furlough day.
Northwestern's home game with York and Rock Hill's game at Lancaster were moved to Thursday. Lowry said Blythewood insisted the Bengals' game with South Pointe stay on Friday because of Pink It Out Night.
While the move probably does not make Blythewood popular with the South Pointe staff, you have to admire someone who sticks up for a good cause.
It only serves to add another wrinkle to what should be a great night of football.
South Pointe (6-2) won the Class 4A Division II state championship last December and is in a three-way tie with Rock Hill and Blythewood for first place in Region 4-4A this season.
The Stallions are ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, while Blythewood (7-1) appears in the rankings for the first time this week at No. 10.