SCRANTON, Pa. – In the spirit of giving back to the community, Lackawanna College's Women's and Men's Basketball teams are hosting two events in February that benefit deserving local causes.
Proceeds from the Women's Basketball game versus Union County College on Tuesday, February 6 will support The Forever Sammi Foundation. Admission to this "Recovery Awareness Game" is free to the public, and donations to the Foundation will be accepted at the event. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and doors will open one hour prior to the game. The Lady Falcons will sell specially designed t-shirts priced at $10 in advance of the event at Angeli Hall on Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as at the game.
The Forever Sammi Foundation seeks to provide support for individuals struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol so that they may seek treatment and gain assistance as they reenter society in their newfound sobriety. Marty and Stacy Henehan established the foundation in the name of their daughter, Sammi, after she lost her battle with addiction in 2016. The foundation's mission aims to remove the stigma of talking about addiction so that individuals and families dealing with these issues can openly find the help that they need.
Attendees at the Recovery Awareness Game are encouraged to purchase t-shirts or wear purple in support of the Foundation. For more information about The Forever Sammi Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.foreversammi.org.
On February 17, the Falcons will also host a "Cancer Awareness Day" during the basketball games versus Manor College. Proceeds from the games that day will benefit Jalen Chandler, a South Scranton Intermediate School student-athlete who was recently diagnosed with myeloid leukemia.
Lackawanna College Athletic Director and Women's Basketball Head Coach Joya Whittington said of the events, ""The platform athletics provides gives us an opportunity to help and partner with our community. Both of these organizations hit home for so many of us here at LC. We are honored to be able to use our athletic programs to serve our surrounding community."
About Lackawanna College:
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna's expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.