Midnight Madness Kicks Off Yukon Millers Boys Basketball October 1

Community Invited to Attend Celebration and Help Raise Donation for Food for Kids

(Yukon, Okla.) – Sept. 26, 2016 – Yukon High School (YHS) Boys Basketball will host Midnight Madness, which kicks off the start of the basketball season, on October 1 from 12:01 to 1 a.m. in the gym at YHS.  In addition to practice and introductions, a dunking contest and three-point shooting contest will be held.  The community is invited to attend and support Yukon Millers Boys Basketball and raise donations for the Food for Kids School Pantry Program at YHS.

“Yukon is very excited to put on this event we believe it will be very worthwhile to our community,” said Scott Raper, head boy’s basketball coach at Yukon High School.  “It allows our kids at school and our players to provide food for those that are less fortunate than most.  This will be a start to what we believe will be the best season Yukon has experienced in 30 years. This year’s group of kids want to put Yukon back on the map in Oklahoma basketball. We want bring back the spirt and the fans to the gym each and every night just as it was in the 70's. We feel like this is the team that can get to the state tournament and make some noise. Look out, ‘people of Yukon’: we are ready to fight our way back to the top and we want everyone to come along with us for the experience.”

The School Pantry Program was started three years ago when YHS partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to offer food to YHS students struggling with hunger.  The program was implemented to provide supplemental food resources to chronically hungry students who do not have access to food at home.  Students who are enrolled in the program can visit the School Pantry every Friday afternoon for assistance. Last year at YHS, the School Pantry provided 39 students with food.

“One in four students in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food,” said Jamie Kale, counselor at Yukon High School.  “I feel this program is important because it gives the students a sense of security knowing they can visit the pantry each week, giving them the opportunity to provide food for themselves and/or their family.  Many students come to the pantry keeping their entire family in mind often saying, ‘I need to grab this because my little brother/sister loves it but I don't or my parents really like this’.”

Admission to Midnight Madness requires a donation to the School Pantry.  Most needed nonperishable donations include:  saltine crackers, peanut butter or cheese cracker packages, granola bars, microwaveable popcorn, bread, rice crispy treats, and boxes of cereal.  A $2 per person donation will also be accepted.  Donations can also be delivered throughout the year to counselor Jamie Kale at Yukon High School. 

For more information about Midnight Madness contact Julie Henry at Yukon.tip.in.club@gmail.com. 

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Every donation to Food for Kids between now and September 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136. For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.