Photo credit / TBHS Bolts Booster Club Facebook Page
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Thunder Basin High School Stadium for the annual Gillette Pink Out Game between the Bolts and the Camels.
Thunder Basin Athletic Director Tom Seamans said the tradition began more than a decade ago at Campbell County High School.
“It’s not just the football teams,” explained Seamans. “The booster clubs are together on it. Last year it was, by far, the biggest crowd that I saw at any football game when we played over at Campbell County, and hopefully we’ll get the same kind of crowd. It’s obviously the best time to raise money and awareness to fight cancer as well. ”
Now that there are two high schools, the Gillette Pink Out game is a cause both schools can rally around.
Both teams will sport special helmets for the game, designed by Doug Martin. The helmets are also part of a silent auction, with the proceeds going to Paint Gillette Pink. In addition, the Bolts and Camels teams will be wearing pink socks donated by Universal Athletics and the Heptner Cancer Center.
The fun tonight starts way before kickoff at 4:30 p.m. with the Bolts vs. Camels Game Community Tailgate hosted by the Thunder Basin Bolts Booster Club. In addition to visiting with friends and neighbors, tailgaters can also enjoy a hotdog, chips and a water for just $5. Proceeds from the BBQ will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack.
As an extra treat, the first 1,000 fans will get a pink bandana courtesy of Campbell County Health and the Paint Gillette Pink committee. High school students and those with a military affiliation get into the game free. Entrance fee for junior high students and senior citizens is $1, and adults are just $2.
Don’t forget about the game
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. when that outside temperature is expected to be around 62 degrees and dropping. Perfect for football, but don’t forget to dress in layers.
All pink aside, here’s what the coaches had to say about tonight’s game.
“I expect CCHS to come out and play as hard as any team we will see this year. They are well coached and have a lot of tradition behind their program,” said Bolts Head Coach Trent Pikula. “We need to go out and execute our game plan and continue to do the things we’ve done that have led to our early season success.”
“Thunder Basin is a solid team that has a great passing game going and are solid everywhere else,” said Camels Head Coach Micah Christensen. “In terms of preparing for this game, we have looked at it like any other game. We are going to work to improve on what we need to improve on and get better each game.”