HOISINGTON — Hoisington Cardinals fans usually wear red, but a group hoping to raise awareness about autism has announced a “Blue Out” for Feb. 15. The Kanye Cross Autism Awareness Project and the Cardinals are selling blue T-shirts for people to wear that night at the home basketball game with Hutchinson Trinity.
The Blue Out is modeled after the annual fall Pink Out events conducted at high school football games to benefit the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. Saylem Felke, one of the Blue Out organizers, said this event also promotes coloring the home crowd’s apparel to support a cause that affects young people.
The Kanye Cross Autism Awareness Project was started by Amy Humphrey, mother of Kanye, Kim Specht and Felke. “We’ve been working with coaches Kyle Haxton and Mandy Mason, and Activities Director Joe Mason,” Felke said. “The Cardinal Crew (student group) has helped us a lot.”
Money raised through the sale of T-shirts will go to the Unified School District 431 Special Needs Fund, Felke said. Members of the Autism Foundation want to sponsor a workshop or a speaker to help teachers learn more about working with students with autism.
The shirts can be ordered by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are $10 for youth sizes, $15 for adults and $17 for XX and larger.