During the 2015 Coastal Clash basketball tournament at Charles Hays Secondary School in mid-January, there was a little more pink added to the mix than usual.
The Coast Tsimshian Academy (CTA) junior boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are helping raise awareness for their anti-bullying cause and endorsements for breast cancer research and they donned the pink uniforms this month for the first year ever.
“A big theme at CTA is developing compassionate students that will become contributing members to a global community,” said CTA athletic director Kristen Idiens.
While the CTA weren’t able to make the finals, CTA player Skyler Wesley was named a tournament all-star and the squad got a good amount of exposure.
“The students have participated in a variety of workshops this year based on increasing compassion and empathy within the school community,” said Idiens.
“[They learned] the belief that having positive self-esteem will alleviate the need to bully and increase students’ abilities to stand up for themselves.”