Sound Off: During the Lawrence High School vs. Free State football game, the student sections for both schools threw baby powder into the air on several occasions. What is the significance of this? Why does the school district allow this?
According to district officials, professional basketball player LeBron James of the Miami Heat started doing this as part of his introduction before tip-off. James describes it as a pre-game ritual. Some say it’s for good luck. Others believe it’s meant to get the team and the crowd excited. Medical experts, however, note that it is also potentially dangerous, especially for people with asthma who could inhale the dust. “Our schools do not permit it,” said district spokeswoman Julie Boyle. “It’s a safety concern. Both high schools are working with student leaders to discourage this fad from continuing. As we move into basketball season, we want our fans to be aware that under (Kansas State High School Activities Association) rules, any disruption or delay of game results in a technical foul.”