One Game, one cause ... Kick Cancer!
I have watched over the last couple of years at McKinney Boyd and around the area, of different teams doing different things to raise money and fight cancer in the month of October. I always wondered why the Boyd Football team didn't participate in a bigger way. Coach Don Drake (also Athletics Director) was looking for a program that would lend it's hand to the boys getting directly involved in support of the fight against cancer to benefit our community. It's not just a fashion show to see who can wear pink the best! So when I saw a news clip last fall, I was inspired by the story! Here it is…
Unfortunately because of UIL rules, we cannot take it to this level (YET). I have been working with Coach Drake on a program we can implement, starting first with the football teams in hopes that it will be accepted throughout the other booster clubs to become one big McKinney Boyd Community Project. Small steps to begin! The goal of this program is to raise funds to support local residents who are struggling with active stages of cancer and its effects, in an effort not to pay their medical bills, but to enhance the lifestyle of the individual or family. Keeping 100 percent of the funds locally, separates us from the likes of Relay for Life, etc.
This experience will not only raise the level of awareness about cancer and its devastating effect on families, but will provide an opportunity for McKinney Boyd’s football teams to demonstrate that although a winning team feels good, there are also important values in life of family, kindness, honor, and service.
We will be a sea of purple instead of pink, to honor all kinds of cancer. Varsity players will wear a purple sash bearing the name of a loved one who they will honor this night . The loved one can be battling cancer at any stage, or may be deceased. They will line up with their loved ones or representatives, to be introduced and they will walk on the track in a short ceremony and introduction. After all player introductions, there will be a group prayer and game cheer announcement. Freshman and Junior Varsity players will be in their jerseys only with the sash bearing the name of their loved one, they will line the portion of the track not being used by the varsity player and families.
The purple sashes were made this week with the help of a local merchant and The McKinney Quilters Guild. Laura Kay Houser, owner of "Happiness is...Quilting" on the McKinney Square had graciously offered space in her shop for these ladies and volunteers to come in and put the sashes together. After 2 days, the sashes are complete and ready to be named.
The 2 main fundraising events will be:
October 14th - Let em' Run 5K Fun Run (start and finish is at the Boyd parking lot, the run will head north on Lake Forest and take a turn east into the neighborhood with the trail towards Cockrill Middle School - out and back).
October 15th. Pre-Orders are also available.
October 26th - McKinney Boyd vs. Allen Eagles at Ron Poe Stadium T-Shirt Sales for this event go on sale
All the information to volunteer, donate, and register for the 5K Run can be found at www.boydathleticscommunityproject.com