WEIRTON - The Madonna and Weir high school basketball teams and coaches are encouraging their school communities and fans to show their support - for the Weirton-based Community Bread Basket - during their city-rivalry game at 6 p.m. Friday in the Weir high gymnasium.
"This is a great opportunity for our Madonna high boys basketball team to contribute to the community," said Head Coach George Vargo, who thought of the friendly added competition last year. "It gives them a spirit of helping others, and that is an important lesson in life."
More than pride will be on the line as each school's Interact Club is promoting a food collection and fundraiser for the Bread Basket, which provides food assistance and social services to low-income local residents.
"We are asking students and adults attending the game to bring in nonperishable foods to help Community Bread Basket in feeding the hungry of our community," said Jim Pauchnik, Bread Basket publicity chair, who added last year's event was a great help to the organization in feeding those in need in Weirton.
In addition to supporting their respective schools, those attending the game also are asked to support the Bread Basket in a friendly competition to see which school community can contribute the most nonperishable food items and monetary donations toward the charity, suggested Weir Athletic Director Mike Delre.
Anyone attending the game can bring in nonperishable goods and deposit them in the respective containers. There also will be an opportunity to make monetary contributions the night of the game.
"So put (Friday) on your calendar for this special event to help Community Bread Basket and to support our schools," Pauchnik said.
This is the second match between the two teams. Madonna won the first, 55-27, Dec. 28. This will be the last regular season game between Madonna and Weir.