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Why So Pink? Technical Foul for Burke High's Pink Jerseys

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Curt Casper

OMAHA (KPTM) - When the Burke High School Girls' Basketball team played Columbus Monday night they players wanted to wear pink jerseys.

They were raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their goal was to raise at least $2,000.

But instead of raising money, they received a technical foul.

Burke Junior Michaela Brown said, "We were just supporting a charity and I think that it was dumb that we had to get a technical foul for it."

Burke Athletic Director Kyle Rohrig encourages his high school coaches to get involved in the community. He applauded the efforts Monday night.

"Raising money for charity is just a part of life and I think it was opportunity for us to do that," he said.

But there was one problem with the fundraiser; the girls couldn't wear pink because they were the home team.

At the start of the second half the referees were made away of the violation by Columbus High School Athletic Director John Krogstrand. The Burke team was given a technical foul.

"It was a good event, but we just made a mistake that over shadowed that," Rohrig said.

According to the Nebraska Schools Athletic Association's rule book every home team must wear white uniforms.          

"We made a mistake with that decision and there was a consequence for it and we aren't hiding that at all," Rohrig said.

Columbus Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz told Fox 42 News the main problem on Monday was communication. He said if Burke had sent an email to him saying what they were doing it would have been okay.

"In fact we may have helped them reach the goal, the fun part is getting the visiting school to help," he said.

But even with the foul the team still wore the jerseys the rest of the game and after auctioning them off, the team raised $2,600.

"That's tremendous, I'm glad we could at least be the event site where we could get that done and I am glad we were able to do that," Rohrig said.

Since airing this story we have gotten a number of calls from people that would like to donate to the cause. Please call Fox 42 directly to get the information. 402-554-4282.

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