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Community college hoops teams play for hunger relief

Published January 22, 2014

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OCC athletes are pictured near donated food items last year. Local community colleges will be hosting “Hunger Games” at basketball games in January. For a complete list of games, visit

As part of a food drive put together by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), local community colleges will be accepting nonperishable food items at upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games.

Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College District will each be a part of “The Hunger Games.”

OCC is scheduled to play Macomb Community College Jan. 22 in benefit of the Hospitality House in Waterford. OCC Director of Athletics Laurie Huber issued what could be considered a direct challenge to do even better than the amount of food that was donated last year.

“Last year, we had little over a hundred pounds of food,” she said. “It was, I thought, very successful because it was our first year at Auburn Hills — we’ve been at Highland Lakes for a number of years. I think we can easily double that, and anxious to do so.

OCC’s women’s team is scheduled to play Macomb Community College at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22, with the men’s game scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. Both games are scheduled to take place at the Auburn Hills campus.

Food donations will be accepted as the cost of admission.

Macomb Community College will host separate “Hunger Games,” as the Monarchs’ men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to play St. Clair County Community College Jan. 25 at the Warren campus.

“I think it’s a good thing to give back to the community, give back to people in need in this area,” said MCC men’s basketball coach Jim Twigg. “Charity work is a good thing for the young men to be involved with and understand.”

The women’s game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, with the men scheduled to follow at 3 p.m. The cost of admission is five items of nonperishable foods.

Henry Ford Community College is scheduled to host St. Clair County Community College for “Hunger Games” Jan. 22, in a partnership with Gleaners Food Bank “to help eliminate hunger in Wayne County,” according to the MCCAA website. Anyone who brings a canned good to the game receives $1 off the price of admission.

Cash donations will also be accepted at the game. Donations of food and/or cash can be dropped off until Jan. 24 on the Henry Ford Community College campus, office PE 210 or at the gymnasium at the HFCC Athletic Memorial Building.

The women’s game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., with the men scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Check with each school referenced for more information about the “Hunger Games.”

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