KCC employees to play in United Way basketball tournament

Athletic Director Tom Shaw sets up a shot during a charity basketball game at the Miller Gym.

Kellogg Community College and other area educational institutions are participating in a community wide basketball tournament to support the United Way tonight.

Admission to the event — which begins at 5:15 p.m. in the gym at Battle Creek Central High School — is free but donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds going to the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (put your donation in the KCC bucket!).

KCC’s co-ed team including employees Tracy Beatty, Ron Coller, Kate DeGraaf, Jackie Hallahan, Julie Hargreave, Brian Murphy, Rick Scott, Tom Shaw and Graham Smith will play the team of Harper Creek High School employees at 6 p.m. If KCC wins, they’ll play in the finals at 7 p.m.

Student referees for the tournament include men’s basketball players Elijah Jackson, Mafiaion Joyner and Curtis Trigg, who are all graduates of Battle Creek High School.

The event will also including a drum line competition between participating schools, soloists from participating schools singing the National Anthem and an opening ceremony to kick things off at 5:15 p.m.