McKinley Elementary School students on Friday staked their loyalties in one of college football's classic matchups.
The campus was awash in the cardinal and gold of USC, and the blue and gold of UCLA for Rivalry Day, an annual college-focused celebration that coincides with the annual matchup.
"The main point is to inspire them to think about what they want to do in their future," said Suzanne Weerts, a McKinley mother and the founder of Rivalry Day. "And some people go to a college because of college sports."
Students were encouraged to wear USC and UCLA colors, and they responded by donning T-shirts, jerseys and headbands to make their loyalties known. At recess, the respective fans competed against one another in a football relay race, chanting taunts at one another in classic rivalry fashion.
Seven-year-old Leoda Khozravi lined up with the UCLA camp without a moment of hesitation.
"My mom and dad both went to the same school — UCLA," Leoda said.