Basketball teams support breast cancer awareness

Pink night had a big turn out


Photo by Izzy La Rue

All four basketball teams wore pink shirts saying “United We Fight”

By Izzy La Rue

Breast cancer awareness is not only recognized in October. HHS Cancer Society organized Pink Night in conjunction with the JV and Varsity basketball teams in the big gym on Jan. 27 to support breast cancer awareness.

Players of all teams wore pink shirts saying “United we fight” to show their support for the cause.

Players from other sports said they supported the basketball teams and the unified cause.

“[I came to support my classmates because] they supported me when [they] were watching football, not just me but me team so I gotta come to support,” junior Andrew Odour said.

JV boys basketball captain sophomore Sunny Arattukulam’s grandmother died because of breast cancer, which he said made this event important to him. Arattukulam said he was excited to have this night and have the whole school support them and breast cancer awareness.

“It’s good that everyone comes together to support it, because it encourages people to keep fighting as hard as they can,” Arattukulam said.

Students were very adamant teams should take these opportunities and support the causes as best as they can.

“Breast cancer awareness doesn’t get that much attention, only in October, but we give it in another month too so that’s why [Pink Night] got so much attention.” Odour said.

Toward the end of the event the stands were filled with students from HHS and Saratoga High School, teachers and parents. This event had the best turnout of the whole season at home for all four basketball teams sophomore cheerleader Michelle Bekku said.

Players were glad to see people come to see them and support the night.

“It’s honestly amazing just knowing that people will always have your back, and you just know that you will never be alone. And you’re always going to have some type of support wherever you go, is just a great feeling,” Arattukulam said.

Pink Night was capped off by boys varsity basketball making a second half comeback.

Boys varsity is currently 11-10, boys JV is 18-3, girls varsity is currently 9-12 and girls JV is 14-5.