Gannon Women's Basketball and Erie Catholic School System Partner to SERVE Game

Gannon University women's basketball

Gannon University women's basketball

Head coach Cleve Wright and the Gannon women's basketball program have announced another event to aid the Erie community in conjunction with their game this Saturday vs. Indiana. The Knights have partnered with the Erie Catholic School System to raise awareness and funds to help address the issue of youth poverty.
 
Gannon women's basketball along with, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Peace, St. George, St. James, St. Jude, and St. Luke partnered with the Inner- City Neighborhood Art House and the Sister Gus' Kids Café to address the problem of poverty among the youth of our community. The schools have been working towards collecting donations to raise awareness and help those affected.
 
The goal is simple – kids helping kids!
 
"The SERVE Game gives our players the opportunity to help children of Erie that are in need and support organizations who address the issue of youth poverty," said Wright.  "The event also allows us a valuable opportunity to be role models for the students of the Erie Catholic School System. We are excited to team up with the students, faculty, and administration of ECS to make a difference in Erie."
 
St. Jude and St. George have been hard at work collecting items, of toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes, and hair brushes or picks. Blessed Sacrament and St. James are taking items, of body wash, cereal, combs, and body poufs. Our Lady of Peace and St. Luke are collecting items of shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, lip balm, and ramen noodles. The schools are in a donation challenge to raise the most items.
 
The Gannon women's basketball team has inspired the students to collect these items from Jan. 2 to Jan. 10, and whichever school has the most participation will get to spend a day with the entire team at their school.
 
"Erie Catholic's partnership with Gannon women's basketball in the SERVE Game to address youth poverty in Erie is the perfect opportunity for our students, families, and schools to work together to serve and care for our neighbors here in our own community," said Damon Finazzo, President of Erie Catholic School System. "This service project has our students from all across the Erie area excited to be part of something bigger then themselves for the betterment of others. They hope that their involvement in this effort will inspire others to have a zeal to serve others, too."
 
In addition to the donation challenge, all the students and their families are invited to attend the SERVE Game vs. Indiana on Saturday Jan. 11. The game is set to tipoff at 5:30 pm in the Hammermill, and Erie Catholic School students receive free admission to the game.
 
The students will build awareness, while cheering on the Knights in a big PSAC contest with the Crimson Hawks. They will also enjoy a celebrity basketball game at halftime. The game will feature some of the following celebrities:
  • Dr. Keith Taylor, President of Gannon University
  • Levi Marsh, Marsha Marsh Realty
  • Kayla McBride, WNBA player of the Las Vegas Aces
  • Curt Miller, Head Coach of the Connecticut Sun
  • John Persinger, CEO – Erie Downtown Development Corporation
  • Jay Puskar, Sports Director/Anchor at WJET-TV
  • Joe Schember, Mayor of Erie 
The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House and Sister Gus' Kids Café are two organizations dedicated to helping the youth of our community. The Art House provides a safe, nourishing, and caring environment for children after school and during the summer. Its mission is to help children experience beauty, grow in positive self-expression and self-discipline, and develop into full and productive adults. They also offer instruction and classes focusing on visual, performing, and literary for kids 7-14 at no cost.
 
The Kids Café is committed to keeping kids fed, while helping with homework and offering activity rooms for games and gym activities. Kids ranging from 6-17 can attend this after school program from 2:30-5:30 pm Monday through Friday and receive a nutritious, kid-friendly meal.
 
Gannon women's basketball looks forward to hosting the SERVE Game with the Erie Catholic School system as an annual event to help tackle youth poverty. Come out to the Mill Saturday and help us kickoff the inaugural event at 5:30 pm.
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