Cy-Fair HS athletic teams raise awareness with Pink Out Pep Rally
Cy-Fair High School senior basketball player Anna Farrell, left, presents former Bobcats girls’ soccer coach Bobbi Wass-Jones with a pink wreath, pink flowers and gift bag during the school’s Pink Out Pep Rally on Oct 19. The Cy-Fair girls’ athletic team held the annual rally to raise proceeds and awareness for breast cancer, honoring survivors and sharing information for attendees. (Photo by Cecilia Uvalle, Cy-Fair HS)
By Brennan Gibbs and Gina Granger, Cy-Fair HS
Nov. 22, 2022—In what has become a much-anticipated annual event at Cy-Fair High School, the Bobcats’ volleyball team other girls’ athletic programs teams came together at the end of October to host their Pink Out Pep Rally in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The rally, held Oct. 19 at the school’s main gym, brought staff, students and members of the Cy-Fair High School community together to raise proceeds for Cleaning for a Cause, a non-profit organization that cleans the homes of cancer patients. Shirts were sold to raise money and worn by those in attendance.
“My favorite Pink Out tradition is awarding the money to the cancer survivors and patients,” said Rebecca Wells, a Cy-Fair girls’ assistant soccer coach and cancer survivor herself. “Some of the bills are outrageous and ridiculous.”
Cy-Fair High School Brigade members perform during the school’s Pink Out Rally. The drill team was joined by band, cheer and the step team in performing. (Photo by Rowan Ostermann, Cy-Fair HS)
The rally featured performances by the Cy-Fair band, Brigade, cheerleaders and step team.
The highlight came when pink wreaths made by members of the softball, girls’ soccer, girls’ track and field and volleyball teams were gifted to breast cancer survivors of the Cy-Fair High School community who attended. Each honoree was also gifted a bouquet of pink flowers and a gift bag.
Following the presentation of gifts, team captains from each respective sport shared facts about breast cancer to those in attendance.
“It was good that they shared all of that information because some of that I didn't even know myself,” said Phylicia Harding, a Cy-Fair algebra teacher.
Cy-Fair High School girls’ basketball coach Ann Robique speaks during the school’s annual Pink Out Rally. The event brings staff, students and members of the Cy-Fair High School community together to raise proceeds for Cleaning for a Cause, a non-profit organization that cleans the homes of cancer patients. (Photo by Cecilia Uvalle, Cy-Fair HS)
Added Athletic Trainer Nicholas Portillo: “Sports have a big platform. They can shine a brighter light than most people when it comes to breast cancer awareness.”
A lot of important information was shared at the rally, including tips for best prevention for breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Staying in good health is a vital part in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.
Simply having the dialogue and sharing the information was a positive takeaway for most attending the event.
Cy-Fair High School volleyball players Emily Riley, left, and Isabella Torres read facts about breast cancer during the school’s Pink Out Pep Rally. The event recognized breast cancer survivors but also was used as an informative platform as captains from each girls’ team sport read facts. (Photo by Michael Hernandez, Cy-Fair HS)
“I think it is important to talk about breast cancer and to highlight how important it is that as women and as young females, we need to be very mindful to go and get checked every single year,” said Ana Martin, Cy-Fair principal. “If you do get checked and they detect something early, it could possibly save your life,”
The Pink Out Pep Rally is just another example of Cy-Fair High School showcasing ‘Bobcat Fight Never Dies.’
“I love the way ‘BFND’ shows how much we care about this cause,” said Dominick Chiles, a Cy-Fair student athletic trainer. “I love it.”
Cy-Fair High School art teacher Jerilyn Muster was among those honored and recognized during the school’s annual Pink Out Pep Rally. Shirts were sold with proceeds going to Cleaning for a Cause, a non-profit organization that cleans the homes of cancer patients. Breast cancer survivors in the Cy-Fair High School community were honored and gifted pink wreaths and flowers. (Photo by Cecilia Uvalle, Cy-Fair HS)