St. Joseph’s students paint homecoming week pink

St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy students traded in their blue and orange school colors this week for accents of pink.

It was a way to celebrate homecoming while supporting Pennsylvania Pink Zone.

Athletic Director Chad Walsh said that each year the volleyball team hosts a “pink out” game to raise money for the organization, which raises breast cancer awareness, and funds for education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Last year, the school raised money for children’s leukemia organizations.

This year, the school and athletics department “jumped on the bandwagon” to enhance fundraising efforts for Pennsylvania Pink Zone, Walsh said.

“All our sports teams play home this week so unlike a lot of schools that just focus on football for homecoming, we wanted to include all our sports and make it a big event,” Walsh said. “What’s really great is that it’s entirely student-driven.”

Walsh said each team included pink in its uniforms: pink volleyball jerseys; pink socks for cross-country runners; pink towels for the golfers; and pink athletics tape and shoelaces for the football team.

The campaign began last Friday and lasts through the end of the week. There was also a designated theme for each day of spirit week leading up to the homecoming football game 7 p.m. Friday against Upper Dauphin.

It included pink out Monday, a decades theme on Tuesday, wacky Wednesday, and blue and orange pride on Thursday. Students are off Friday.

Proceeds from concessions, apparel, halftime contests and other activities will go to Pennsylvania Pink Zone.

Walsh said the goal is to raise $5,000, and a check will be presented to the organization by the homecoming court at halftime of the football game Friday.

Walsh said the school has 124 students, of which about 75 play fall sports.