Central Michigan University students and faculty squared off Friday in the first Martin Luther King Jr. Charity Basketball Game at the Student Activity Center to raise money and collect canned food.
The students defeated the faculty 50-42, but more important than the outcome of the game was the cause for which it was played.
Spectators were hands-on at the event by participating in mini games during timeouts and at halftime. One event, the “half-court shot” presented the possibility of 1-year free rent at Bluegrass Apartments.
Detroit senior Dwight Bennett was one of three competitors who missed the shot. He said he heard of the event through his bible study at the Towers.
The game was designed to raise awareness and money for the Isabella County Soup Kitchen, located at 621 S. Adams St. The event was sponsored by the CMU Multicultural Academic Student Services Department.
“Charity work is something I am very passionate about,” Bennett said. “I like doing things for others and not being selfish. I always will try to keep my mind on doing things for others.”
In the past, MASS has sponsored various MLK-based charity events around CMU’s campus. D’Wayne Jenkins, the assistant director of MASS, said this year he decided to get more people involved to help spread the word and bring awareness to the charity that MASS is trying to sponsor.
During halftime, the all-male CMU vocal group Fish N Chips serenaded attendees.
“We have done charity dinners and various philanthropy events for our Greek community members,” said Caleb King, Fish N Chips president.
Students and faculty alike enjoyed the unique atmosphere in the SAC.
“I participated tonight because it was for a good cause,” said Allen Seales, a Flint senior. “During MLK week, they have many events and I also really enjoy playing basketball. So I thought this was a great opportunity for me to get involved this week.”
Donations are still being taken by the Isabella County Soup Kitchen via PayPal, by mail or in person. Please call 989-772-7392 or visit the Soup Kitchen’s website for more information.