SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the sixth consecutive year, The Summit League is extending its “Food Fight” initiative to the league basketball championships, March 5-8, 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 5 through the championship games on Tuesday, March 8. Feeding South Dakota will be at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to help facilitate the food drive and donations will go to the Sioux Falls Food Pantry. Fans are invited to make donations at the Feeding South Dakota table outside of Section 104.
Fans that bring at least three non-perishable food items or donate at least $5 at the Feeding South Dakota table get a chance to spin the prize wheel. Fans that donate at least $10 or bring in at least 10 non-perishable food items are eligible to enter a drawing to win two all-session tickets and two VIP passes to the 2017 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Fans who bring in 20 food items or donate $20, they will receive three tickets to enter into the raffle.
“Every year the Summit Basketball Tournament gets bigger, better and more exciting,” said Jennifer Stensaas 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 sixth year of its kind at The Summit League Basketball Championships, is an extension of a seven-year league-wide drive. This year, 18 “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.
South Dakota State was the 2014-15 winner, collecting more than 34,000 lbs. of food. The winner of the 2015-16 Food Fight trophy will be announced later this month after final totals are calculated.
In the program’s seven years, over 357,000 lbs. of food has been collected. South Dakota State University has won four titles, including the last three. Oakland University has two Food Fight titles while Southern Utah University earned the other title.
ABOUT FEEDING SOUTH DAKOTA
Feeding South Dakota, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota, is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization with distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. In FY2015, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed over 12.3 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 10.2 million meals to more than 100,000 individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota is able to distribute this food through its network of over 350 charitable organizations across the state. These organizations then provide this food to individuals who are “food insecure” through youth programs, senior centers, on-site feeding programs, emergency food pantries, after school programs, and homeless shelters. For more information on Feeding South Dakota, please visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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 nine institutions, including four 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), Oral Roberts University, 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 along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.