High school football teams wear pink for charity
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MEDINA, Tenn. — You’ve probably seen a lot of people wear pink this month, including local athletes, from wristbands, to socks, to mouth guards. However, a few local high school football teams are taking it to the next level to be able to give back. They’re wearing pink uniforms. “We didn’t wear this because they look good with our orange helmets, that’s for sure,” South Gibson County head football coach Scott Stidham told WBBJ Wednesday. The Hornets are one of three West Tennessee high school football teams suiting up in pink jerseys this season, all to help benefit breast cancer research. For some players, it takes on a different meaning. Levi Schlesinger’s grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, helped lead the team out on the field in their special jerseys last week. “It’s good to know that we can do all we can to help out and help other people not just here in Medina,” Schlesinger said. “It’s an honor to go out and play for them and raise money,” Union City senior D’Carrious Stephens said. “We got a person in my family who’s going through it and it ain’t the best thing in the world, but those are the strong people out there.” High school football teams spend their Friday night trying to get across the end zone, but coaches said when they can bring something like the pink jerseys into the locker room, it’s a score for the entire community. “Letting these young men know that there’s other things out there,” Union City head football coach Darren Bowling said. “It’s not just a sport. It’s just not something you do on Friday nights. It means commitment and being part of something.” It’s a message Coach Stidham echoes. “That’s something I hope they hear every day from us,” Stidham said. “We tell our kids all the time to think about others above yourself. That’s the whole key to football. You got to be a teammate.” South Gibson said it raised $5,000 from selling jerseys and t-shirts last week. Union City said they raised $14,000 last year and hope to raise more this season.