WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Wolverines made a contribution of $250 to NCMH in honor of Cancer Awareness on Oct. 21 at the annual Elementary Pep Rally for the Whitmire High School football team.
Students in grades K-5 clapped, cheered and danced while getting the Wolverines pepped up for the game versus Dixie.
NCMH representatives Angela Bowers, volunteer coordinator, Katrina Minick, oncology nurse, and Connie Fellers mammographer, accepted the check and celebrated with the Wolverines.
This is my third year at Whitmire. The players have asked to do a PINK OUT out each year,” said Charlie Jenkins, Wolverines head coach. “I am a traditionalist when it comes to uniforms. I prefer Alabama, Notre Dame, and Penn State uniforms to Oregon and all of those fancy uniforms. I also don’t like distractions. Trust me: my guys don’t need any distractions.”
He said Mackenzie Reel, a Service Learning student, has worked many volunteer hours at NCMH and 4got the ball rolling for this year’s Pink Out.
She lit a fire under the football players and Jenkins said he agreed to go along with it.
“I told the football players that I’d go along with it — for the first time in my coaching career — if they would do something in service of the cause,” he said. “I didn’t want to just wear pink as a cool fashion statement. I wanted them to really do something positive.
“We raised $250 this year,” he added. “We hope to improve on that next year. But we are glad we can help our local hospital that helps so many people.”