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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Tuesday that the department will be supporting the SAAC Food Drive initiative by offering free admission to its next two home women's basketball games.
Coach C.K. Calhoun's club hosts national power Mary Washington on Nov. 26 and Wilkes on Dec. 1 in a pair of non-conference games.
All fans attending those games will be admitted free with a donation of one non-perishable food item.
Admission without a food donation is $5.
All food collected from these two games will be collected by the Shenandoah University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and donated to the Salvation Army of the northern Shenandoah Valley through the "Camping for Hunger" program.
This program, an initiative of the department's flagship radio station - The River 95.3 FM - is an annual canned food drive.
The radio station attempts each year to fill a school bus with non-perishable food items with station talent camping in the bus during the week of the food drive. At the end of the drive, the bus is driven to the Salvation Army, where all of the food is then distributed.
The SU SAAC has partnered with The River for the past five years on the program and the two groups have a goal this year of collecting 19,000 pounds (2.5 tons) of food and $2500 in cash.
In the past five years, more than nine tons of food has been collected through this program.
"This is a great program," Zipp stated in a news release. "We want to do whatever we can to help out in our community, and if it means offering free admission to a couple of games to encourage donations, we are going to make that offer.
"We want to see as many people as possible here in Shingleton, but more importantly, we want to collect as much food as possible for this program."
Game time on Tuesday against UMW is 6 p.m., while the Sunday game is set for a 4 p.m. tip-off.