Omaha girls handed a technical foul for wearing pink fundraising uniforms at home game
By Cameron Smith
A high school girl’s basketball team in Nebraska is struggling to understand why officials would have upstaged the school's well-meaning charity game in which they wore PINK uniforms to honor the Make-A-Wish Foundation by handing the team a technical foul.
As first reported by the Omaha World Herald and Omaha Fox affiliate KPTM, the Omaha (Neb.) Burke High girls basketball team was assessed a technical foul at the start of the second half of the team's game against Omaha (Neb.) Columbus High for wearing pink uniforms in a home game . At the time, Burke led the game by a point, but Columbus coach Dave Licari brought up the fact that since Burke was the home team, they were required to wear white uniforms. The World-Herald reported that Licari's athletic director, John Krogstrand, was the man who brought the uniform violation to the coach's attention.
Naturally, the special pink uniforms being worn and auctioned off after the game to raise $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that night didn't qualify as white, and the game officials — sticking to the strict interpretation of the rulebook — assessed a technical foul. A Columbus player walked to the line, sunk two free throws to give her squad the lead and the Explorers never looked back en route to a 62-47 victory.