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Basketball Teams Volunteer in the Community

The Kalamazoo College men's and women's basketball teams.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College men's and women's basketball teams have utilized their Holiday break to assist the Kalamazoo community in a variety of ways. 

Many of the coaches and players on the two teams have spent time throughout the community beginning with time spent at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes on Dec. 2 and will continue through early January.

The teams have assisted and will continue to do so in a variety of ways. A total of 11 organizations will be helped by the men's and women's basketball teams including Ministry With Community, Bronson Children's Hospital, Kalamazoo YWCA, and many more. They also host Special Olympic athletes at Anderson Athletic Center throughout the winter to coach and play with athletes from Area 16 on Sunday afternoons beginning in November and running until the end of the year tournament in January.

"We as coaches feel that is is very important for our team to volunteer and give back to the Kalamazoo community at many different locations over winter break by providing assistance and services to those who need it the most," said the women's basketball coaching staff. 

"Our players really enjoyed the time we spent volunteering over winter break," said men's basketball coach Nick Giard. "It feels good to make even a small difference and these experiences are reminders that it's bigger than basketball."

In total, the teams will assist at a dozen different events along with hosting the weekly Special Olympics basketball practices and games.