Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
This year's “JISD Pink Out” campaign tees were unveiled Thursday as part of the local school's effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Last year, the district sold 1,200 shirts and citizens showed up in full force to a game against Whitehouse Wildcats, creating a sea of pink inside the Tomato Bowl as they cheered on the hometown favorites.
Coach Tony Harris, JISD assist athletic director, said support for the fundraiser has been tremendous in past years, and expects this year to be equally as great.
“There was overwhelming support” from Fight'n Indian fans, who may have been thinking of a loved one when they purchased their shirts, he said.
“It's just a simple way to show their support … I think we know the impact of cancer on people's lives (and this) is all about shining a light (for them).
“It's all about giving them hope,” he added.
Local graphics company designed the shirt, the coach said, noting the use of feathers and arrowheads in a smaller design to depict the traditional pink ribbon used to raise awareness , along with a larger design that incorporates the school mascot and the words “The Tribe Pink Out.”
Orders will be taken through next Friday, Oct. 11, for the shirts, which are priced at $12 for sizes small through XL, and $15 for sizes 2XL and larger, said JISD athletics secretary Deena Brand.
Fans can either pre-order shirts through her office, calling 903-586-1704, or by logging on to www.jisd.org, then following the links to the Jacksonville High School athletic department, where a downloadable form is available.
Shirts will arrive in time to be distributed for the Oct. 25 “Pink Out” game against the John Tyler Lions of Tyler.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.