Perseverance is 1 of the 19 lifeskills taught at Clayton-Bradley. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Elementary Cheer Coach Alyssa Miller brought the idea to Athletic Director Grant Redmond that they should have a pink night for one of the home games. "This was an easy proposal to answer. Yes! Of course we want to do something like this for our kids and the community. Breast cancer has been a part of so many peoples' lives. For us to have the opportunity to show our students how important life is and that we are not alone in anything that we go through; that is an opportunity that we cherish," Redmond explained.
He went on to say, "Susan G. Komen is the leading fundraising and helpful organization for Breast cancer, that has a great presence in the Knoxville area. My family has been a part of many of their events. My grandmother lost her life to breast cancer after her third round of chemotherapy. We decided that we were going to give all of our concession and halftime activity money to them as a donation from this event. It ended up being a couple hundred dollars. One visiting fan even walked up to me and just gave me a donation. This is what community is about and what athletics can do to impact people. I really appreciate that they sent a representative out to show support for the night. Not only did they show up, but they brought items to hand out for free."
The girls basketball players wore pink socks and some of them sported pink headbands. The cheerleaders had pink pom poms, eyewear and bows. The boys basketball players had pink wristbands or elbow bands. The coaches had amazing looking pink shoes and there was alot of pink apparel worn in the stands and bead necklaces were handed out as well. Even the visiting team and fans from Vonore sported their pink in support as well. It was an amazing night and a tradition that will continue every year. Redmond declared, "We want everyone to know that they are not alone, and as the theme of the night said, to never give up. Everyone that showed up and was a part of this night showed that."