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RHS athletes, coaches support noble cause

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Blue T-shirts. Glow sticks. Pink whistles. A spaghetti dinner. Oh, and basketball games.

Sounds like quite the party.

Well, that was the scene at Rifle High School on Tuesday, and the party supported the noblest of causes ” cancer research and awareness.

It’s a cause Rifle’s basketball teams took on right alongside a pair of tough Glenwood Springs squads.

Tuesday was Cancer Awareness Night at Rifle.

And awareness is the key word, said girls hoops coach Stephanie Heald.

“Our main goal is not as much raising money as it is to get the word out there about cancer awareness and research,” she said.

To that end, Bear players sported blue T-shirts bearing the name and logo of Heald’s Relay for Life team ” America’s Got Talent ” during warm-ups and officials called the game with pink whistles.

During halftime of the boys game, folks packing the gym’s bleachers held up glow sticks as part of a moving demonstration.

During the course of the night, fans could purchase glow sticks of varying colors ” yellow honoring friends who lost a battle with cancer, blue representing hope in the fight against cancer, and pink paying homage to cancer survivors. The lights went dim at halftime and, when commanded, fans lifted whichever glow stick they bought.

If just a handful of people took something away from the Bears’ awareness-spreading efforts, then all they did was worth it.

And, if not, they at least raised a good chunk of change in the process.

Profits from a spaghetti dinner running concurrent to the games and a portion of the admission and concession proceeds all went to Relay for Life, which is coming to Rifle High School June 12-13.

Organizers couldn’t have picked a better night to hold Cancer Awareness Night. A big-time rivalry game, Rifle vs. Glenwood always draws massive crowds.

And Tuesday was no different.

Parking spots anywhere near the gym were nearly impossible to come by, as were empty seats in the bleachers.

And, hopefully, the folks who filled those bleachers took home more than just memories from a night of high school basketball.

Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123


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