Summit League Extends Food Fight to League Basketball Tournament for Fourth-Straight Year

Summit League Extends Food Fight to League Basketball Tournament for Fourth-Straight Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the fourth-straight year, The Summit League is extending its “Food Fight” initiative to the league basketball championships, March 8-11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Fans attending tournament games are invited to bring food to donate.

Food will be collected all four days of the tournament, beginning Saturday, March 8, through the championship games on Tuesday, March 11. Feeding South Dakota will be at the Sioux Falls Arena to help facilitate the food drive and donations will go to the Sioux Falls Food Pantry. Every fan that brings in at least two non-perishable food items or donates at least $1 at the Feeding South Dakota table gets a chance to spin The Summit League Prize Wheel for a gift.  Fans that donate at least $10 or bring in at least 10 non-perishable items are eligible to enter a raffle to win two All-Session Tickets and two VIP Passes to the 2015 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.  (One spin per fan, per day.)

“Every year the Summit Basketball Tournament gets bigger, better and more exciting,” said Jim Dawson of Feeding South Dakota. “We are very proud and honored that they have chosen Feeding South Dakota to support again this year while they are in Sioux Falls. Last year, Feeding South Dakota distributed over 12.5 million pounds of food and grocery items to over 350 hunger relief agencies throughout the state. Without organizations like The Summit League, we could not do what we do.”

The event, which marks the fourth year of its kind at The Summit League Basketball Championships, is an extension of a six-year league-wide drive. This year, 16 “Food Fight” games were designated during the basketball season with each host school having exactly one week per game to collect food and/or cash donations.  At the end of the Food Fight schedule, the school that raises the most amount of food, measured in pounds, is deemed the winner and awarded The Summit League Food Fight trophy. 

The winner of the 2013-14 Food Fight trophy will be announced later this month after final totals are calculated.

In the program’s five years, over 199,240 lbs. of food has been collected. South Dakota State University and Oakland University are tied with a league-best two Food Fight titles, while Southern Utah University earned the other title.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.

Follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague, @summithoops and @summitchamps 

ABOUT FEEDING SOUTH DAKOTA
Feeding South Dakota distributed over 12.5 million pounds of found providing 10.4 million meals throughout the state in 2013 through three warehouse distribution sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. The organization also operates a food pantry in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Through Feeding South Dakota’s distribution sites, the organization serves approximately 500 hunger relief agencies around the state. Feeding South Dakota also runs a children’s back pack program and a supplemental food program for seniors.

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