Pink never looked so hot.

Nor was it ever as heart-warming.

Mooresville Middle School had a huge helping hand in that.

MMS in general and its girls and boys seventh-grade level basketball programs in particular turned its court, its surroundings and even all and/or parts of their two teams’ respective uniforms — as well as those belonging to its opponents — a proud pink in recognition of the annual “Turn It Pink” cancer awareness competition.

The event once again was held to help generate awareness of cancer and its ongoing research for a cure. All proceeds realized from the gathering will be used to against assist the Kay Yow/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association that is a branch of the Jimmy V Foundation.

Mooresville Middle staged the community-wide event for the ninth consecutive year.

It was not alone in its celebration.

MMS hosted Iredell-Rowan Middle School Conference rivals hailing from Knox Middle School that also participated actively in the afternoon-long affair.

Members of the Red Imps girls teams, among the first to hit the court, were decked out in all pink-colored uniforms both in shorts and jerseys while sporting bright white-colored corresponding numbers. As for Knox, they also played an active role in the proceedings by having the majority of its players donning gray-colored uniforms to also complement their outfits with provided pink-colored headbands.

Coaches of both teams also dressed appropriately in clothes that also featured a prominent display of pink.

During the course of the intermission break of the girls contest, a stirring on-court ceremony was also conducted. It was used to bring additional attention to the cause by also recognizing several in the attending audience closely associated with the disease.

Those singled-out for their individual involvement covered several fronts. Among those present to acknowledge their continued health-related issues with cancer in various ways featured: Geraldine Little, Cindy Pardew, Barbara Barrier, Diane Pino, David Carr and Ann Clark.

The cast represented a range of fronts, from those following the teams to MMS teaching staff and athletic administration as well as game officials.

Those recognized help represent all others also involved in past as well as present confrontations with cancer.

Those in the audience also complied. Many in attendance also donned something pink-colored in their dress. The color was also displayed prominently in areas all across the host site.

The boys game also brought attention. Members of the Red Imps donned pink-colored T-shirts under their black uniform jerseys to do their part to draw attention to the cause.

A portion of all the game admission fees as well as those generated through concession sales as well as proceeds from the sale of various merchandise will all be added to the fundraising total.

Last year alone, the nationwide program raised more than $1 million. Doing its particular part, MMS has accounted for almost $12,000 during its time at the Turn It Pink play date.

To make the day a total success, both MMS home teams posted wins to account for the doubleheader sweep.

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