The Spring Hill College men's & women's basketball teams will hold a "Hoops for Haiti" fundraiser during their home games versus Loyola University-New Orleans on Thursday, February 25, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
All ticket proceeds for the event will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) to help the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. JRS/USA is one of nine geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). In coordination with JRS's International Office in Rome, JRS/USA provides advocacy, financial and human resources for JRS regions throughout the world. In the US it serves as the major refugee outreach arm of US Jesuits and their institutional ministries, facilitating and mobilizing their response to refugee situations both nationally and internationally.
Spring Hill College students who are usually given free admission to all SHC athletic events will be asked to donate $1. For non-students, general admission seats will remain $5 per ticket.
"The basketball teams at Spring Hill wanted to do something to help the Haiti relief effort," said Men's Head Coach Robert Thompson. "We thought that this was something that our players, students, fans and alumni of Spring Hill College could all participate in."
Women's Head Coach Ray Fron echoed those thoughts, "Our players felt the need to do something - anything - but during the season it's hard for them to make the time to participate in other projects. This event is something we could do to help."
During the game, fans also will be able to participate in various contests and raffles with the goal of raising funds for the cause.
The games will also be two of the featured games of the week by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS). The JBS is a nationwide effort to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools during the 2009-10 season and, through those games, bring a positive awareness about Jesuit education and its mission. Spring Hill College and Loyola University-New Orleans are two of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
This project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in response to member institutions wanting to spread the word of Jesuit higher education through the more than 90 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other (men and women) this 2009-2010 year.