Titan teams collect food

01/27/2011 10:21

Titan teams collect food

Event is free to everyone

Alan K. Fox

Issue date: 1/27/11 Section: Sports

The Titan women and men's basketball teams will host LCC's 4th annual "Jam the Gym" event during their double-header against Clackamas on Jan. 29.

The first 500 fans through the door will receive a t-shirt sponsored by Bi-Mart.

The women's team will kick off the double-header with a 4 p.m. tip-off and the men's game starts at 6 p.m.

The athletic department is also encouraging all fans to bring in non-perishable food items to help out the Food for Lane County program. All items donated will be collected at the door when entering the games.

The Student-Athlete leadership committee thought of the idea of involving Food for Lane County.

"Jam the Gym is an event that we hope will get the student body involved in Lane athletics," Kiki McDonagh, who is a defender on the soccer team and a member of the committee, said. "Not only would the spectators get a sense of our athletic program, but by bringing canned foods for admission they would also be helping Food For Lane County."

Both coaches expressed excitement as well.

"I believe that being a part of a team at the community college level is about having a good experience and I am very appreciative that LCC does this for the student athletes," men's basketball head coach Bruce Chavka said. "This event makes them feel special, loved and proud to be here. Plus, it's also giving back to our community.

LCC athletic director and women's basketball head coach Greg Sheley also was happy to reach out to the community.

"Jam the Gym is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and hopefully develop a new fan base," Sheley said. "This is a win-win for our basketball programs and the community."