Clayton Middle School held its first Pink Out on September 24, 2013 during a home game against rival, Smithfield Middle.The Clayton Eagles defeated to Smithfield Middle 22-8. Quarterback, Devin Carter ran for one touchdown and connected with CJ Clarence for another. Clarence also scored from a fumble recovery. The Eagles scored twice on two-point conversions.“It was one of my best games because everyone did their job. We did what we were supposed to do on offense and defense. Everything seemed good—blocking, receiving, everything. Everyone played good,” said Carter, an eighth grader.
The Pink Out originated when Head Football Coach, Ricky Bucklin, wanted his players to wear pink socks during one of the games.“I talked to Stacey [Carr] about it just trying to get school spirit. The Pink Out was successful,” said Bucklin. Head Cheerleading Coach, Carr, followed Bucklin’s lead by outfitting the cheerleading squad in pink bows and pink socks to unify both teams in their efforts to bring awareness to Breast Cancer.“I like that we all matched wearing pink because we all looked like a team—the whole school,” said seventh grade cheerleader, Taylor Smith.
The Eagle football players were thrilled to join others teams in bringing awareness to Breast Cancer. “[We] were excited to be a part of the college and pro tradition of wearing pink in October,” stated Carter.
Students enjoyed wearing pink, but also recognized the symbolic importance of the color. “We got to wear pink and it’s my favorite color, but really it was about finding a cure for cancer,” said eighth grade cheerleader, Mekenzie Martin.
Football players and cheerleaders noticed more energy from the fans.“When you looked out at the crowd, all you saw was pink. Every time we did something good, the band played. Everyone was ready to win since it was our last game of the season,” stated Noah Johns, a seventh grade football player.
The Student Council under the advisory of Angie Stephenson, helped to outfit the Clayton Middle Staff in pink t-shirts with the recognizable Breast Cancer awareness ribbon. “The Pink Out snowballed from Coach Bucklin’s idea for football and spread to the entire school,” stated Carr, who as Athletic Director, helped organize of the Pink Out. Clayton Middle held a pep rally where students, athletes and teachers wore pink.
“Cancer affects numerous families in our community, and more specifically, families in our very own school. What better way to show these students and their families that we care than to show our support by wearing pink,” stated Carr.