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Waukegan boys basketball team’s annual crusade against breast cancer is poised for unprecedented success this year, in advance of the team’s annual Pink-Out game and pep rally.
More than 1,000 “Pink-Out” T-shirts have already been sold, thanks to an aggressive effort by members of the Pink-Out Committee.
Committee members began planning for the Pink-Out events last summer, with the hope that they could involve students at every building in the K-12 school district, as well as members of the Waukegan community, in their worthwhile cause.
“Coach Ron Ashlaw and the committee are thrilled with the community support. We have spoken to a number of community organizations, and each one was more enthusiastic than the last,” said Jane Ferry, chair of the Great Waukegan Pink-Out.
Webster Middle School won a contest among the district’s elementary and middle schools for selling the most T-shirts.
The basketball team will host its annual Pink-Out game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against mighty New Trier. If Waukegan wins its final four league games, it will finish no worse than in a tie for the Central Suburban South title.
The Bulldogs are the defending division champs and New Trier is 5-1 in the division now compared to Waukegan’s 4-2.
Anyone wearing a Pink-Out shirt will receive discounted admission to the game.
Leading up to the game, Waukegan students will take part in a special pep rally with students from the Special Education District of Lake County.
That unique pep rally will occur on Thursday at Laremont School in Gages Lake.
The basketball team, pep band, cheerleaders, poms squad and drill team will all visit Laremont.
The team’s crusade against breast cancer dates back to the 2009-/2010 season, when team members began wearing pink T-shirts during warm-ups on their way to a third-place finish in the state basketball tournament.
T-shirts for the Pink-Out game are now available at both Waukegan High campuses for $10 and will be on sale at the Game.