Women’s basketball team to take on employees in charity game

KCC employees celebrate their victory after last year's Hoops for Heart game. The women's basketball team won the game the two years prior.

KCC employees celebrate their victory after last year’s Hoops for Heart game. The women’s basketball team won the game the two years prior.

The Kellogg Community College women’s basketball team will take on members of the NBA – KCC staff who make up the college’s Noontime Basketball Association – as part of a Hoops for Heart charity game beginning at noon Friday, March 1.

The game, which will be held at the Miller Gym on KCC’s North Avenue campus, is free to attend and open to the public.

Tom Shaw, director of athletics and physical education at KCC, said the game is an opportunity to highlight American Heart Month, which is February, as well as to raise money for the American Heart Association. Donations for the association will be accepted during the game, with money collected from $1 free-throws at halftime also going to the organization.

“It’s for a good cause and it’s fun,” Shaw said. “It brings employees together to enjoy a contest between their peers and collegiate athletes, and everyone has a good time.”

Free popcorn and water will be offered at the event, which will also include free blood-pressure screenings and “healthy heart” lunch choices available for purchase at the concessions stand.

This is the fourth year for the Hoops for Heart event, which in 2013 is the culmination of a number of Healthy Heart Awareness Events held at the college through February, including men’s and women’s basketball Heart Awareness games held Feb. 13, Jump Rope for Heart employee events Feb. 25 and 26, and Jeans and Red Day March 1, during which employees can donate $5 to the American Heart Association to wear jeans at work.

In addition, KCC’s Bruin Bookstore has been collecting spare change throughout the month to donate, while the Athletics Department has been selling red paper shirts for $1 to post on the “Go Red” wall in the Miller Gym.

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