February 10, 2012

High school girls’ basketball team given technical foul for wearing pink charity jerseys

We’ve seen professional athletes get fined/penalized for wearing apparel not approved by their respective leagues but in the ranks of high school girls’ basketball you don’t expect that to happen.

Back on Monday, Burke High School in Nebraska decided to wear pink charity jerseys during a home game against the Columbus Discoverers for a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation and after the first half with no incident, Burke led by one.

During the halftime break, Columbus coach Dave Licari went to discuss with officials about the pink jerseys due to a Nebraska high school rule stating that home teams must wear predominately white jerseys. After the discussion, Burke was called for a technical foul by referees and Columbus got two free throws:
"It was a total mistake by me,'' Burke High School Athletic Director Kyle Rohrig said. "We had good intentions, but we made a mistake, and then there were consequences.''

The fundraiser was organized by Burke assistant coach Tom Law, who runs a youth basketball organization that annually selects a charity to support. He purchased the uniforms for the Burke girls that were to be auctioned off after the game, with the money going to Make-A-Wish.

"Coach Law has a big heart," Burke head coach Luke Lueders said. "He was trying to do a nice thing, and then this happened.''
The person who ended pointing out the jersey issue was Columbus Athletic Director John Krogstrand as he arrived at the game in the second quarter:
"I asked one of our assistants whether Burke had said anything ahead of time about wearing pink uniforms,'' Krogstrand said. "It was my suggestion to coach Licari to bring it to the attention of the officials."

The intent wasn't to be malicious, Krogstrand said. "It was a situation where we just asked the officials, and they called the foul.''

"It put us in an awkward spot Monday night,'' Krogstrand said. "But when you want to maintain the integrity of the game, you've got to play by the rules.''
After the technical foul shots were made, sixth-ranked Columbus cruised to a 62-47 win.

(Courtesy of Larry Brown Sports and Omaha Herald)

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