The East Paulding High School and Hiram High School football teams are scheduled to meet Friday at East Paulding for what’s annually billed as the “Pink Out” game.
The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., but before kickoff there is a scheduled Survivor Walk at 6 p.m., a balloon release between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and a reception tent with refreshments for those involved in the walk.
The two rival schools have been hosting the game for about six years, said East Paulding Assistant Principal James Neal.
“The kids realize it is good for our community,” Neal said.
Both schools plan to sell pink T-shirts during the game to raise money for the American Cancer Society to be used specifically for breast cancer, Neal said.
A 50-50 raffle is scheduled in which the winner receives 50 percent of the money raised and the organization receives the other half.
Students and fans can buy pink ribbons which will be used to decorate part of the football stadium during the game.
Organizers’ goal is to raise $3,000. A check for the money raised will be presented at halftime, Neal said.
The color pink will be displayed prominently during the game with the marching band wearing pink ribbons on their uniforms, the cheerleaders wearing pink bows in their hair and the football teams displaying pink ribbon decals on their helmets.
The home team each year plans and sponsors the event. This is cheerleading coach Bethany Schebler’s first year in charge of the game.
“Everybody has jumped on board,” she said.
Schebler said organizers have had support from the community, and have even sent contribution requests to local businesses.
Principal Kim Fraker said it is a good reminder to students to support others in need.