Charlotte, NC (October 4, 2017) - The annual CIAA Basketball Media Day, hosted in Charlotte, provided a meaningful opportunity for the conference and its twelve member institutions to participate in a community project at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM).
Within an hour, CIAA staff, men's and women's head and assistant basketball coaches, and administrators of member institutions packed 1,000 backpacks for local youth, providing nutritious, ready to eat, or easy to prepare foods for weekends and holidays when school meals are not available.
Although foes on the court, volunteers passed through six stations of different foods for the same goal: to fill 1,000 drawstring backpacks.
"This is what it is all about. I think it's important to give back, however you can give back, whether it is monetary or coming here like us today and volunteering your time," said Johnson C. Smith Head Women's Basketball Coach and CIAA Women's Coaches Association President Stephen Joyner, Jr.
#CIAASupports strives to give back to youth and communities surrounding its institutions and championship sites. Community outreach is one of the conference's three main pillars: Community, Leadership, Tradition.
About Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina (SHFBM)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHFBM has been in existence since 1981. The Backpack Program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat or easy to prepare foods that is sent home on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides over 166,000 backpacks annually at over 165 sites in 16 counties. For more information about supporting child feeding programs, please send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 704-376-1785.