Going For Gold

Varsity Football Wins Gold-Out Game

Varsity football won against Decatur on Friday, Sept. 10 with a score of 48-14 in a Gold-Out game to support those fighting against childhood cancer. Beyond the football team, many other groups and organizations participated in Gold-Out to show their support for the cause.

“Gold-Out definitely made our football game more special,” Henley Barnes (12) said. “Being an athletic trainer it was amazing to see the large turnout in the stands and how excited all of the players were to be able to play their favorite sport for such a good cause.”

To raise awareness and to rally school spirit, the Heritage Belles sold Gold-Out shirts for the game with proceeds going to the Heroes for Children Foundation which aims to help those with cancer.

“By selling these shirts, we were able to not only raise money, but we could also make sure people know about it [childhood cancer] and raise awareness for people to do more in their community and fight childhood cancer,” Belle Peyton Anderson (11) said. “I have two brothers with a rare, physically harming disease, so it’s amazing to see people show support for a cause like that.”

Beyond the Belles, other groups gave special performances and raised awareness for the game. The band gave a special halftime performance that included eighth-grade students from Walnut Grove Middle School.

“Gold-Out showed the school’s willingness to band together for a common cause,” band Drum Major Sterling Martinez (12) said. “Gold-Out means not only spreading awareness about childhood cancer but also doing it in a way that is our own. I tried to keep a light-hearted spirit, but also tried to maintain a level of order and focus to ensure respect for this special day.”

Members of the community came together to support not only the football team but to also show support toward those fighting childhood cancer by wearing Gold-Out shirts and donning gold-colored accessories.

“It was really great to see so many people at the game,” Belle Ezra Baze (11) said. “I love home games, but games like Gold-Out are special because a lot of people come out to support Heritage and it’s always super fun.”

Friday’s Gold-Out game resulted in a victory for varsity football and a win against childhood cancer.

“Gold-Out made this Friday very special,” Anderson said. “It was a way of showing compassion towards childhood cancer and giving an opportunity to kids who aren’t able to physically do as much. It is very important to research this kind of cause so you can continue to raise awareness and fight these terrible illnesses.”