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Burke High School Girls' Basketball Team Gets Foul For Wearing Pink 'Make A Wish' Uniforms

First Posted: 02/08/2012 5:36 pm Updated: 08/06/2012 1:31 pm

When the Burke High School girls' basketball team came out in pink uniforms Monday night, they hoped to score big for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. What they got instead was a foul and two points for their opponents, Omaha.com reports.

The Burke "Bulldogs" sported pink tops and bottoms on Monday to be auctioned off to benefit Make-A-Wish, a charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening diseases. After the second quarter though, the visiting team's athletic director pointed out that Burke had broken a uniform rule -- the Nebraska School Activities Association requires the home team to wear white.

The Bulldogs were slapped with a foul and the opposing team, the Columbus Discoverers, banked two points and eventually won the game.

"Coach Law has a big heart," Burke head coach Luke Lueders told the news outlet of the assistant coach's charitable initiative. "He was trying to do a nice thing, and then this happened."

The Omaha teens, who raised $2,600 from the single charity event, aren't the only high schoolers getting penalized for trying to do a good deed while bending dress code rules.

Cancer survivor J.T. Gaskins, 17, was suspended from his Michigan high school last month for wearing his hair too long, according to the Detroit News. The teen had been growing out his mane to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to low-income children with long-term medical hair loss.

"I fought cancer my entire life. I'm going to keep fighting this," Gaskin told the Detroit News. "I'm not going to not give back just because my school says no."

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