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'Pink Out' Planned for High School Charity Game

Jefferson High girls basketball team competes in Pretty in Pink Classic at High Point.

High Point Regional High School will host the third annual Pretty in Pink Classic on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Home team High Point will face Jefferson Township High School in an independent contest that will feature both teams dressed in pink and white uniforms.

Last year's version of the Breast Cancer Charity game raised more than $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen and Cecelia's Angel Funds and was played in front of a standing-room only crowd in the High Point Gym. The game was the idea of High Point graduate Taylor Smith who saw Rutgers and Tennessee play a pink game and thought it would be great to bring a similar game to Sussex County.  

Senior guard Darby Smith said this year's game will be different.

"This year's game will add a new twist with the High Point gym set up for a Pink Out," Smith said. "Everyone that enters the facility will be given a pink T-shirt to wear in support of the event. T-shirt sales for past games were around 300-400. This year there will be 800 T-shirts passed out. It will be cool to play in a totally pink gym."

High Point coach Chris Dexter said his girls are really looking forward to the event.

"Last year the Pretty in Pink game was very special for a few reasons.  One, we were able to raise money for two worthy causes.  Second, we were able to honor cancer survivors during our halftime celebration and last we gave players on both teams an opportunity to play in front of full gymnasium.  Most high school kids can only dream about that.  For our kids, it was really exciting and something they will never forget."

Jefferson senior forward Kristen Swerzenski jumped at the chance to play in this year's Pretty in Pink Classic.

"I heard a lot about last year's game, so when they asked us to play  we said yes immediately," she said. "A bunch of our players are friends with the High Point players from Travel and AAU basketball, so it makes the game that much more special."

Players from both teams will begin selling tickets and pink T-shirts to the game during all lunch periods when they return from holiday break.

As part of the night's festivities, someone from the crowd will get a chance to take a "Shot for the Cure" sponsored by Newton Toyota, with a chance to win a brand new car and large donation to the breast cancer charities.

The fifth through eighth grade travel basketball teams from both Jefferson and High Point will be on hand and dressed in pink to welcome the teams onto the floor at the start of the game and to help out with the halftime tribute to cancer survivors.

All of the money raised from ticket sales, sponsors for the game's program, t-shirt sales, 50/50 raffle and the Shot for the Cure will go directly to the Susan G. Komen and Cecelia's Angel Funds. For more information on the game and to get tickets, contact the athletic departments at High Point or Jefferson Township high schools.

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