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Youth Ending Hunger, YEH, held the charity students vs. faculty basketball game on March 17. The staff defeated the students with a score of 44-33 in a tradition that is 20 years running.
YEH, devoted to helping the greater Cleveland community through donations and food drives, organized the game. YEH finally brought the game back after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to YEH adviser William Scanlon, there are close to 50 students currently involved in the organization, including five student leaders, senior Martina Richter, senior Caroline Lamb, junior Josh Mink, junior Claire Borden and junior Athan White. There were about 200 spectators at the game, which raised over $500, according to Scanlon.
The game raised money for the Harvest for Hunger Campaign run by the Cleveland Foodbank. The Harvest for Hunger Campaign is an annual food and fund drive that provides for 21 countries around the world, and has been active for 30 years. In 2021, over 220 companies, nonprofits, schools and governmental entities in Northeast Ohio participated, raising over $2.3 million.
Tickets for the game were $2 each and there was a $5 entry fee to be on the student team. Money was also raised through concessions which were organized and sold by White.
White believes that the game raises money for an important cause while also bringing the school together. “Sometimes a friendly rivalry is important in creating relationships, which in turn paints a good picture of our school to the city of Shaker Heights,” White said.
Lamb considers the game beneficial to the school and community. She said, “This game is helpful to school morale and community because it helps further build relationships between students and staff. Additionally, working together to raise money for charity helps build community.”