On Wed., Feb. 17, Greenville College (GC) hosted “Hoops for Haiti,” raising $3,238.75 for Haiti relief efforts through Free Methodist World Missions. This event was a catalyst for GC’s plan to partner long-term with the FMC in Haiti. “The day after the devastating earthquake jolted Haiti, a group of campus leaders came together asking, ‘Our community has to respond. How?’ From that conversation the idea for a long-term partnership with phases was begun,” says Assistant Director of Public Relations at GC Annie Zeller.
Phase one included “Hoops for Haiti,” an event designed to promote “playing for change” during the men’s and women’s basketball games at GC. The event allowed the students, faculty, staff and greater Greenville community to come together, not just for great sport competition, but for something much greater – for change in Haiti. GC plans to host “Hoops for Haiti” annually and invite other teams within their conference and in the area to be involved. This year, GC competed against Blackburn College. Both the men’s and women’s Panthers and both Blackburn teams donated dollar amounts matching the number of points they scored. Individuals in the crowd made similar pledges throughout the game. In addition, “time-out change 4 change” challenges were held throughout both games that raised $425.20 in spare change!
“The event was a great success, and we’re excited to continue with this momentum!” says Zeller.