Students at two local independent schools have teamed up on a joint fundraising effort dedicated to alleviating hunger. The girls’ varsity basketball teams at Key School and Indian Creek School have joined forces to organize a canned goods drive, a pep rally and a competitive basketball tournament called “Hoops for Hunger”, scheduled for January 28. The initiative will support Food Link Inc., a non-profit organization committed to providing resources to families in need.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient charity for the event, Hoops for Hunger,” said Irenee McElwee, emergency outreach coordinator at Food Link. “Every day, we have families and individuals coming to us for hunger relief here in Anne Arundel County. The need is great and we are so grateful for all the food and donations, which will help serve those in need.”
A pep rally on January 27 at The Key School will include a Knock-Out competition and Middle School basketball game. On January 28, boys’ and girls’ junior varsity and varsity teams from both schools will participate in the main event, competing in a tournament at Indian Creek’s Upper School. The tournament will include four basketball games: a girls’ JV game at 3:00 p.m.; a boys’ JV game at 4:30 p.m.; a girls’ varsity game at 6:00 p.m.; and a boys’ varsity game at 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee to the games is a donation of either $5 or two canned goods.
In preparation for the event, both schools are selling tickets and t-shirts, and collecting canned donations. Food Link is especially in need of canned goods such as chunky soups, canned fruits, baby wipes and diapers. All proceeds collected and raised by Key School and Indian Creek School will benefit Food Link of Annapolis.
“We are having this event to really show our community the difference that we can make for so many people,” said Krystin Major, president of the Student Government Association at Indian Creek School. “We want to gather as many cans as we can and really make a difference. This game is really a nice way to come together with another school community for a good cause.”
“The idea isn’t to solve large-scale problems with one day of basketball games; It’s really just about using basketball, something we all have in common, to bring people together for a good cause and to make a difference in our local community,” said Key School senior Caroline Hays. “Playing in a game like this is always a blast because while on one level you’re competing with the other team, on a larger level, you know that you are all playing for the same team.”
Food Link, Inc. donates goods and services to more than 100 recipient groups and charitable organizations in Anne Arundel County through services including its emergency food pantry, emergency baby supply pantry, and a produce program on Fridays at the farmers market in Annapolis where food agencies and families can receive free fresh produce. For more information about Food Link, visit www.foodlinkmaryland.org.
Source: Key School
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