SCA honored as 2015 Hoops For Hunger Champions 12-15-15
Joseph V. Sowmick - December 16, 2015
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer was on location December 15 at the Central Michigan University McGuirk Arena as the Saginaw Chippewa Academy received the honor of 2015 Hoops For Hunger Champions. SCIT Education Director Melissa Montoya accepted the trophy on behalf of SCA with Tribal Council members Gayle Ruhl, Candace Benzinger, Diana Quigno-Grundahl, Kenneth Sprague, Ronnie Ekdahl and Amanda Oldman attending the halftime ceremonies.
“Tribal Council became aware that our SCA students won the Hoops for Hunger food drive and were eager to provide support by attending todays halftime event that recognized their efforts. As a mother of three (stepmother of three) it’s important that we teach our younger generation the importance of such issues because as this generation ages they will grow up to have more compassion towards the less fortunate,” Oldman said. “I believe the Tribe has always supported these causes through the angel tree programs, jeans for a cause, and hoops for hunger (to name a few). These efforts are also displayed Tribal-wide through our government and gaming establishments.”
Council Member Candace Benzinger mentions she was super proud of the Academy students and staff. “ It truly was an honor to witness our Tribal school being recognized for helping such a great cause and it wouldn’t have been possible without our students, their families and the Academy staff,” Benzinger said. “To see all the excitement and energy radiating from the stands was unbelievable. It was a fun event to be a part of and it’s moments like this that make our Tribe proud.”
A full story on the SCA Hoops For Hunger champions will be featured in the January 2016 issue of the Tribal Observer.