KidsZone and TeenZone participants attended the Food Brings Hope Game Night at the ICI Homes Center on Tuesday, November 24. The crowd of 323 Volusia County students watched in excitement as the ERAU Men’s Eagles defeated the Gyrenes of Ave Maria College 85 to 57.
Students and chaperones of Food Brings Hope’s afterschool programs, called KidsZone for elementary and TeenZone for the middle and high schools, enjoyed an evening of food, games, and music courtesy of the Embry-Riddle Athletic Association.
“Many of my kids hadn’t seen Daytona Beach, let alone a university campus,” expressed Efrain Alejandro, Principal Intern at Taylor Middle-High School, one of the 12 schools in attendance. “We are very appreciative to Food Brings Hope for the opportunity to participate.”
The night started with ERAU men’s head basketball coach, Steve Ridder, welcoming the group with a few words on respect, goals, and being thankful.
“During the holiday season it is especially important to be thankful for those who do so much for us,” reminded Coach Ritter.
Coach Ridder brought along senior players Daniel Kiesling and Eddie Gray to reiterate to the younger students that showing respect to others and making the choice everyday to get better will put you on the path to reaching every goal you set. KidsZone and TeenZone were then served pizza and drinks by ERAU’s softball team. Throughout the game students were invited to play games for prizes during the game time-outs.
100% of Food Brings Hope overhead is paid for by the Hosseini Family Foundation!
100% of donations to Food Brings Hope directly benefit students.
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