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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:40 pm | Updated: 10:00 am, Sun Jan 8, 2012.

It's no longer a cash game.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has changed up the way it pays school employees who work home football games.

There is a planned one-man protest at Thursday's Pinnacle-Desert Vista football game.

Regardless of the turnout the frustration is plenty.

It stems from the fact that the AIA now forces workers to fill-out paperwork to become a employee/contract worker and the check doesn't show up for about two months.

Before this practice started two years ago, the workers were paid in cash which was part of the appeal.

The other aspect is most of the workers get a specific amount of money regardless of how many hours they work.

For example, a security guard gets paid for three hours for the game, but what about the all of the time beforehand - early as three hours before the game - to get the referee's room ready or whatever is on the to-do list.

This is just one side of the story, but it seems to be another short-sided view by the officials of the AIA.

In other much more exiting money news, the Desert Vista football program raised $5,500 dollars for breast cancer awareness when it had its Pink Out game in September, but it didn't stop with just the night of the game.

Many fans purchased pink t-shirts, participated in a silent auction, and participated in the Band 50-50 raffle that evening. As a follow-up the players and cheerleaders hosted a car wash at Loco Patron. Thought all fundraising events the Desert Vista Football Program has raised the money for The Susan G. Komen Arizona Chapter.

The check will be presented to a representative from Susan G. Komen at the half time festivities.

Desert Vista assistant coach Rich Camarillo was a big part after his countless donations items he got for the silent auction. The Arizona Cardinals always deserve recognition for selecting Desert Vista to support them in raising awareness of battling breast cancer.

In addition, the varsity players attended the October 2nd, game between the Arizona Cardinals and the New Your Giants and handed out pink ribbons and collected donations at the gate.

The Dig Pink game between Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista also raised a good chunk of money.

I haven't heard an official amount but it was somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 I believe with the Thunder raising the most over the six-week contest.

Contact writer at (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JskodaAFN

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