FEATURE: All about the Gold

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HUMBLE – When people walk into a high school football stadium it is easy to see who is cheering for which team.

When fans walk through the gates into Humble ISD's Turner Stadium on Friday night, that might be a difficult task, considering most people will not be wearing their team colors.

Usually, when Atascocita and Kingwood clash, the colors strewn throughout the stands are red, blue and white. Red for the Atascocita Eagles and blue for the Mustangs of Kingwood.

But not this night.

In what has become a rivalry game between the Humble ISD programs, fans will be trading in their traditional school-color-coded shirts for golden #GoldFightWin t-shirts.

"It's a great opportunity to show how we can come together to support something that's bigger than football," Kingwood's Parker Hemphill said. "It's a great way to raise awareness for a cause like this."

Atascocita quarterback Brice Matthews added: "It just makes our rivalry more fun and eventful knowing that we are playing for a bigger cause than just winning a football game. And to know that those kids are going be watching us makes it better and that we are privileged to be in the position we are in today."

The #GoldFightWin initiative is a combined effort between Humble Independent School District and local non-profit organizations Addi's Faith Foundation, L3 Foundation and Mother's Against Cancer to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

"Things like this are things our players and their players will remember that for a long time, probably forever," Atascocita coach Craig Stump said. "That back when they were in high school, they played a game that was recognized. It doesn't add to the football part of it but I think in your memory to be a part of that, to be asked to be a part of that as a program, it's a special thing to be a part of."

The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the color dedicated to raising awareness Is gold.

For the players, they will still be in their traditional uniforms but instead of wearing their normal socks, they will be traded in for gold ones.


Read more about the Gold initiative here

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With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

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