On Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, the Hobart College basketball team hosted Hoops Against Hunger to support the Geneva Center of Concern’s Food Bank. The initiative raised more than $700 in monetary and food item donations.
Senior captain Trey Blanding was the driving force behind Hoops Against Hunger.
“My mom assisted me with the research, as well as many other aspects of this project (for which I would like to thank her), and we discovered that the Center of Concern is the primary source of emergency food for the community’s elderly and families in need,” Blanding said. “The goal was to aid as many people as possible and we felt the Center of Concern was our best bet.
“While I wouldn’t say that we had a set goal in terms of total money and food that we had hoped to raise, we did have some expectations, which were far exceeded thanks to the generosity of our fans, family, and friends. On behalf of the Hobart basketball team, I thank everyone who donated for their generosity, kindness, and support of this great community. It’s truly appreciated.”
Hoops Against Hunger resulted in a monetary donation of $515 and an estimated $200 in non-perishable food items donated to the Center of Concern.
The goal of the Geneva Center of Concern is to lighten the burden of persons in need, through the organized efforts of concerned volunteers. The Center of Concern maintains a food pantry to provide food for those in need, prepares and distributes Christmas boxes to families, financially supports deserving youth, community and non-profit organizations, and supports youth achievement through scholarships.