The 24th-annual Al Van Wie/Wooster Rotary Classic is set to take place next week, and the two games are just one of the many ways the Wooster Rotary Club will help restock the food bank at People to People Ministries in Wooster.
The week opens with a youth fundamental skills clinic hosted by Wooster's men's and women's basketball teams on Sunday, Nov. 12. The clinic runs from 2-4 p.m. at Timken Gymnasium and is open to boys and girls in grades 3-6. In lieu of a cost for the clinic, participants are asked to bring canned food items for the food bank or a monetary donation for People to People Ministries. Men's basketball head coach Steve Moore is also providing a clinic for area youth coaches and monetary or canned food donations will be collected in lieu of admission.
Fans attending Wooster's men's basketball games against Oberlin College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Medaille College at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, can gain half-price admission with canned food items to support People to People Ministries. Raffle tickets will also be sold during both contests with drawings for a variety of prizes set to take place at halftime.
Additionally, a local school food collection drive is well underway as Rotarians are assigned to local schools to coordination food collections to deliver to People to People. Over the last 10 years, more than 150,000 food items have been collection in this drive alone. Finally, Rotary members are solicited to make cash donations in support of the tournament, which averages nearly $7,000 annually being passed along to People to People.