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Eels to sport pink uniforms

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Clay City girls' basketball team is raising money for breast cancer awareness. This basketball season they are wearing pink basketball shoes for all their games and pink uniforms during certain games. The girls on the team pose in their pink with two Clay City High School teachers who have fought breast cancer, Connie Bailey and Shelly Ream.
The Clay City girls' basketball team is wearing more than purple and white this season. The Lady Eels have been sporting pink basketball shoes to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

"We do love our purple, but we were really excited about the team shoes," Senior Allie Miller said. "It was cool that we had the opportunity -- not just because they are pink, but because of what they represent."

The girls also have pink uniforms they will be wearing at certain games including the Dec. 12, home game against North Central.

The team is asking local businesses and community members to sponsor a game for a cost of a $25 minimum donation. All donations will go to the Wabash Valley Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the end of the season. The name of the sponsor will be announced between the JV and Varsity games.

"We thought it would be something different to wear pink, and it would be a way we could help the community," Coach Chris Ames said. "We wanted to dedicate the whole season to this cause, and having sponsors for the games gives the businesses some publicity."

Currently, the basketball team has made close to $600. Local businesses have also donated items to be used in a raffle as another way to raise money for the cause.

"I think it's important for community support," Ames said. "I think everyone's been touched by cancer, and this is a way for us to come together as a community and as a team."

Clay City High School Principal Jeff Bell agreed this is a community effort.

"Our school is a part of the community and the community is a part of our school," he said. "I think it's important that we demonstrate to our young people that there are a lot more things in life that are important than athletics. It's always great for us to demonstrate to our young people to be selfless and care about others, and hopefully that will spread."

Miller and her fellow teammates seem to be grasping the idea that there are more important things than athletics.

"We have two teachers in our school who have battled breast cancer, so there are two examples right there of people we all know who have fought this," Miller said. "It's more than just basketball; it's more than just a game -- this is close to the heart."

To sponsor a game, donations can be sent to Clay City High School, 601 Lankford St., Clay City, Ind., 47841 (Attn: Girls' Basketball), including the donor name, donation amount, and sponsorship announcement. For more information, call the school at 812-939-2154.

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