Annual Pink Out Week honors cancer survivors


Samantha Estrada, Staff Writer

The football team’s annual Pink Out game took place on Friday. Pink Out became a tradition in 2013. It originally started as a volleyball event to honor those affected by cancer, and eventually expanded into what is now Pink Out Week.

This year, graphic design teacher Heather Stuver created and sold Pink Out shirts. Forms were passed out and announcements were made to advertise them. The proceeds from the shirts sold went toward an admirable cause.

“In 2015, we lost Coach Kyle Kilman to cancer. In the fall of 2015, it was only fitting to dedicate the shirt to Coach Kilman and put one of his favorite quotes on the back,” Stuver said. “After Coach Kilman’s passing, Mrs. Kilman-Campbell set up a scholarship to honor his name. All proceeds from the sale of the shirts go to help fund the scholarship which goes to a deserving  senior that wishes to “Pay It Forward” to someone else after they graduate college.”

For Pink Out Week, the JV cheerleaders performed with the varsity squad during the pep rally and during half time.

“We have been working on a special routine dedicated to breast cancer awareness. We will also be wearing the Pink Out shirts that were sold,” said junior JV cheerleader Jazalynn Torres.

Posters were decorated and hung all around the school to bring the Pink Out tradition to life.

“During our leadership class we made  posters representing breast cancer awareness, with a sport element, and hung them all around the school. We basically “pinked out” the school,” junior Aiden Kyle said.

All in all, Pink Out is a good way to honor and remember those affected by cancer.

I feel it is very important to keep the Pink Out tradition going.  We have had so many people in our community affected by all types of cancer.  It is only fitting to honor the ones we love so dearly,” Stuver said. “The Teague community is always so supportive of this event.”