The girls varsity basketball teams at and have joined forces to help Food Link Inc.
The teams are organizing a food drive to collect canned goods, a pep rally and a competitive basketball tournament called “Hoops for Hunger” set for Jan. 28.
“Every day, we have families and individuals coming to us for hunger relief here in Anne Arundel County,” Irenee McElwee, emergency outreach coordinator at Food Link, said in a release. “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 is scheduled for Friday at The Key School, followed by the boys and girls JV and varsity teams from both schools competing in a tournament at Indian Creek’s Upper School starting at 3 p.m.
The games on Saturday are:
- Girls JV at 3 p.m.
- Boys JV at 4:30 p.m.
- Girls varsity at 6 p.m.
- Boys varsity 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 goods. Food Link is especially in need of canned goods such as chunky soups, canned fruits, baby wipes and diapers, according to a release.
"We are having this event to really show our community the difference that we can make for so many people,” Krystin Major, president of the Student Government Association at Indian Creek School, said in the release. “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 students see this as an opportunity for them to do something that will positively impact their community.
“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,” Key School senior Caroline Hays said in the release.
Food Link donates goods and services to more than 100 recipient groups and charitable organizations in the county, including its emergency food pantry and emergency baby-supply pantry.
For more information about Food Link, visit www.foodlinkmaryland.org.
Editor's note: This article was changed to reflect the correct the day for the scheduled basketball games.