ERAU Basketball Game 2014

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University treat KidsZone and TeenZone to Night of Fun

~ Embry-Riddle treats FBH participants to a night of food, games, and music. ~

DAYTONA BEACH, December 16, 2014 – Approximately 426 students from Food Brings Hope’s KidsZone and TeenZone afterschool programs received the star treatment on Friday, December 12, 2014 as they were treated to pizza, desserts, and music before watching ERAU men’s basketball team defeat Alice Lloyd College 97 to 70 to the kids' thunderous cheers!

“What an exciting way to spend an evening,” said Dan Lucas, Campbell Middle School teacher. “I got to start my weekend watching a great basketball game with some of the best children.”

The night kicked off with an inspiring and motivational speech by ERAU men’s head basketball coach and special assistant to the president, Steve Ridder about being a good teammate. Coach Ridder invited along Daniel Kiesling, team captain, and Hudson Cadet, senior forward, to add that it takes setting a good example, giving 100 percent, and cheering on your teammates as qualities of a good teammate.

"I really enjoyed Food Brings Hope at our game on Friday,” said Coach Ridder. “The kids were so excited about being there and fired up throughout the game. Prior to the game we were able to help send the message of the importance of being a special teammate in life and how grateful we need to continue to be to those who continue to reach out and help all of us. It is always a privilege to be part of this special program and enjoy working to help make a difference in young people's lives!"

After, a dinner of pizza and sweets were served to the children by the ERAU men and women’s track team followed by the exciting game.

“Thank you Food Brings Hope for giving our students an opportunity to have this experience at an ERAU basketball game,” said Turie T. Small Elementary principal Dr. Earl Johnson. “We are blessed to have Food Brings Hope as a partner providing opportunities for our students and giving them the college experience.”

Out of the twelve Volusia County schools that FBH operates in, all were in attendance Friday night. Those schools include Osceola, Pierson, Starke, Turie T. Small, and Westside elementary schools; Campbell, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, and Southwestern middle schools; and Mainland, Spruce Creek, and Taylor Middle high schools. Also in attendance were FBHonor students from Hinson Elementary.

“We are very thankful for this partnership with ERAU’s Athletic Association,” said Forough B. Hosseini, FBH founder and chair. “This annual event is one that our students look forward to attending. Each year, Coach Ridder and his athletes aid our mission of nurturing the body, mind and spirit of underprivileged children in our community.”


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