IT’S TOURNAMENT TIME — INGLES SOUTHERN CONFERENCE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDREN’S HUNGER IN WNC

The most anticipated sporting event in the south east is getting ready to tip off as the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the   U S Cellular Center starting this Thursday, March 7th and running through the championship finals on Monday March 11th.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championships will be joining Eblen Charities, Arby’s, and the Brumit Restaurant Group in collecting food for the Hoops Against Hunger program. Teams throughout the conference will be collecting food during their games this season with the food being brought to the tournaments to thank our community for hosting the championships.

Food will also be collected during the tournament on March 1st-5th at the US Cellular Center with a $5 discount per ticket being given for anyone bringing food to the sessions.

The food will then be distributed to area schools through the Arby’s JoyFull Holidays at Home and the Ingles Food for Thought programs. Local hotels will once again be hosting the SOCON teams in the Second Annual Ingles Southern Conference Hotel Challenge.Hotel and will also collecting food during the tournament along with tournament sponsors Ingles Markets and local Arby’s restaurants.

The Hoops Against Hunger will begin the week with four days of live broadcasts with iheart radio :Monday March 4th from 5- 7 pm at the Ingles in Skyland on Hendersonville Road, the second Tuesday, March 4th, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Arby’s in Weaverville.The third live remote will be held on Wednesday, March 5th th from 5-7 pm at Ingles on Tunnel Road, and the final remote will be on Thursday, March 7th form 11 am to 1:00 pm at Arby’s on Smoky Park Highway.

A new event will take to the streets this year as Ingles Fan Experience and will feature concerts, live broadcasts, pep rallies, and a host of other exciting events will take place outside the U.S. Cellular center on Friday, (1-7 pm), Saturday (10 am-4 pm), and Sunday (2:30-6 pm). The Ingles Fan Experience is open to all at no charge.

Performing will be Asheville natives and rising music stars LYRIC and Joe Lasher, Jr. as they bring their unique sound once again to the Ingles Southern Conference Championships in a free outdoor concerts that will not only delight new and long-time fans but will also help children in our area facing hunger.

Joe Lasher Jr, will be kicking off FanFest in a tip-off concert beginning at 6:15 on Friday night and LRYIC will be performing Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Also appearing at the Ingles FanFest will be popular and award winning Eddie Foxx of KISS-Country, live broadcasts from KISS Country, ESPN, the Extreme Sports Monster with Don Helman, Rock 105.1, the Brew 97.7, Star 104.3, WSSL, the New Alt 101.1 with Josh Michael and Mark Starling, and Boogie Therapi, Ryan Barber, Carolina Lowdown, and many other events and surprises. For more information on Hoops Against Hunger please visit www.hoopsagainsthunger.net. For more information on the upcoming Southern Conference Tournaments please visit www.soconsports.com

SECOND ANNUAL HOOPS AGAINST HUNGER HOTEL CHALLENGE ADDS EXCITING OUTREACH TO 2019 INGLES SOCON BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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When you are hungry nothing else matters.

That is a simple message that the Heroes vs Hunger programs of Eblen Charities and our wonderful partners have been sharing with our community for more than three years.

In that brief time, and in partnership with Arby’s, Ingles, the Brumit Restaurant Group, Pepsi, and others, more than one million meals have been distributed to area children so they would not have to face hunger at home while away from school.

One of Eblen’s strongest and flagship programs, Hoops Against Hunger began at the Southern Conference Basketball Championships in 2015 and have grown to lead the fight against children’s hunger in western North Carolina. Each year additional outreach has been added to the Ingles SOCON Championship weekend and this year we are honored to announce a new program of Hoops Against Hunger that will help feed thousands of children in our community.

We are happy to be announce that all nine of the SOCON Team Host Hotels are joining Hoops Against Hunger in participating in the Hotel Challenge this year as they collect food from their employees and guests. Participating host hotels are the Biltmore Hilton, Biltmore Double Tree, the AC Hotel, the Renaissance, the Cambria, Four Points, Hyatt Place, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites, and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Two winners will be announced and trophies will be awarded for the total amount of pounds of food collected and food collected per pound per hotel room. Each winning hotel receives 30 tickets for staff to the SoCon Men’s Championship Game Monday, March 11th at 7PM

The collection bins will remain in the hotels through the tournament – Monday March 11th. Anyone who donates a food item will receive a $5 voucher for SoCon game tickets. Hotels are encouraged to promote food donation to guests. Vouchers will be provided to the hotels before 2/15.

SUGGESTED FOOD LIST

Cereal, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Can Fruit,
Shelf Stable Dinners, (like frozen dinners but found on shelves)
Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc..) Cheese Crackers, Ramen Noodles,
Instant Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Quick Mac & Cheese, Pudding Cups, Pop-Tarts

One out of five children do not have enough food at home, many times the only meals they receive at school is the only food they will have to eat and when the holidays or other times away from school arrive, far too many face the chance of going hungry until they are back in class. Hoops Against Hunger along with Headlock on Hunger, Huddle Against Hunger, and Heroes vs Hunger help ensure that no child in our community has to face hunger while away from school. 

“The Southern Conference Basketball Championships bring so much excitement to town -and have brought our community together in many ways over the years. We are so proud of our hotel partners for accepting the Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge to help fight hunger in western North Carolina.”states Carli Adams of Explore Asheville.

“We can’t begin to thank everyone who has helped Hoops Against Hunger begin ad grow these past few years,” adds Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “We are honored and most grateful to the Southern Conference and our host hotels for their great kindness in not only bringing the championships to Asheville but to reach out to so many of our families who are facing hunger here at home.”

For more information on Eblen Charities Hoops Against Hunger or the Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge, please contact Bill Murdock at 828-242-2848 or via email at [email protected]

 

 

INGLES SOUTHERN CONFERENCE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO JOIN HOOPS AGAINST HUNGER IN US CELLULAR CENTER THIS MARCH

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The Southern Conference has been known for decades for their high academic standards, tremendous faculty, staff, and their nationally recognized athletic teams.

And once again, SOCON is bringing their highly contested conference basketball championships to Asheville this March, not only to bring excitement and a top level of competition of the men’s and women’s to the US Cellular Center and eventually crowning their respective champions, but to also show what true champions they truly are.

For the fifth consecutive year, Eblen Charities Hoops Against Hunger will again partner with the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Tournament in collecting food to lead the fight against childhood hunger in western North Carolina..

Teams throughout the conference will be collecting food during their games this season with the food being brought to the tournaments to thank our community for hosting the championships. Food will also be collected during the tournament on March 1st-5th at the US Cellular Center with a $5 discount per ticket being given for anyone bringing food to the sessions.

The food will then be distributed to area schools through the Arby’s JoyFull Holidays at Home and the Ingles Food for Thought programs. Local hotels will once again be hosting the SOCON teams and will also collecting food during the tournament along with tournament sponsors Ingles Markets and local Arby’s restaurants.

Founded in 2014, and led by Hoops Against Hunger National Chairman NBA All-Star, broadcaster, and NASCAR team owner, Brad Daugherty along with its companion programs Headlock on Hunger and Huddle Against Hunger have provided nearly 1,000,000 meals to area students who may be without food at home while away from school.

“The Southern Conference is proud to #jointhefight again this year by participating in Hoops Against Hunger. Childhood hunger does not take a day off when schools are not in session and Hoops Against Hunger is specifically focused on providing food for children at times when other programs aren’t able to provide the critical everyday support that many children depend on. As in past years, we are especially proud to offer fans attending this year’s Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships opportunities to help out either with on-site food donations or cash contributions. Our goal is to make this a record breaking tournament for the Hoops Against Hunger program,” says Geoff Cabe, Senior Associate Director of the Southern Conference.

“We are honored to once again be working with theSouthern Conference, Ingles, Arby’s, the Brumit Restaurant Group, our area hotels, the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, the US Cellular Center, and everyone who has joined us in making sure that no child in our community goes hungry,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “We know that when you’re hungry, nothing else matters. You’re not able to study. You’re not able to think. You’re not able to have a regular academic career because you have a secret; you know you’re different from some of the other students who do have enough food at home and once again thanks to the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championships we are much closer than ever before..”

For more information on Hoops Against Hunger please visit www.hoopsagainsthunger.net. For more information on the upcoming Ingles Southern Conference Tournaments please visit www.soconsports.com

Record breaking amount of food collected at SOCON for Hoops Against Hunger

For Immediate Release:

3/7/18

(Asheville, NC) Even though the Southern Conference Basketball Championships have concluded for the 2018 season, their mark on our community will continue long after the nets have been taken down and the teams and their legion of fans have returned home.

But it is not just the excitement and dollars that the SOCON once again brought into our community, but their outreach to those in need in our community that sets them apart from any other conference championship.

For the fourth consecutive year, Southern Conference Basketball joined Eblen Charities, Ingles Markets, Arby’s, and the Brumit Restaurant Group in collecting food and cash for the Hoops Against Hunger program which helps ensure that students in our community will have enough to eat while at home during breaks from school.

This year live remotes were held at area Ingle’s and Arby’s and nine team host hotels entered the inaugural Hoops Against Hunger Host Hotel Challenge inviting staff, employees, teams, and guests to join them in fighting children’s hunger in our community. Top honors in the Hotel Challenge went to the Biltmore Park Hilton and the Biltmore Doubletree.

Donations were also collected during the tournament at the US Cellular Center with a $5 discount per ticket being given for anyone bringing food to the sessions. More than 4,000 pounds of food was collected providing more than 3,500 meals.

The food will be distributed to area schools through the Arby’s JoyFull Holidays at Home and the Ingles Food for Thought programs.

“We are honored to once again be working with the Southern Conference, Ingles, Arby’s, the Brumit Restaurant Group, our area hotels, the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, the US Cellular Center, and everyone who has joined us in making sure that no child in our community goes hungry,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “When you’re hungry, nothing else matters.”

According to the USDA 16 million children live in households that do not have an adequate supply of food, and almost 3 million of these children live in households that experience hunger. Research indicates that hungry children do more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate. More than 50% of students in Buncombe County Schools participate in the free or reduced lunch programs.

For more information on Hoops Against Hunger please visit www.hoopsagainsthunger.net.

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SOCON Leads the Fight Against Childhood Hunger This March at Championship Tournament

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The Southern Conference has been known for decades for their high academic standards, tremendous faculty, staff, and their nationally recognized athletic teams.

And once again, SOCON is bringing their highly contested conference basketball championships to Asheville this March, not only to bring excitement and a top level of competition of the men’s and women’s to the US Cellular Center and eventually crowning their respective champions, but to also show what true champions they truly are.

For the fourth consecutive year, Southern Conference Basketball will be joining Eblen Charities, Ingles Markets, Arby’s, and the Brumit Restaurant Group in collecting food for the Hoops Against Hunger program.

Teams throughout the conference will be collecting food during their games this season with the food being brought to the tournaments to thank our community for hosting the championships.

Food will also be collected during the tournament on March 1st-5th at the US Cellular Center with a $5 discount per ticket being given for anyone bringing food to the sessions.

The food will then be distributed to area schools through the Ingle’s Food for Thought and  Arby’s JoyFull Holidays at Home  programs.

Founded in 2014, and led by Hoops Against Hunger National Chairman NBA All-Star, broadcaster, and NASCAR team owner, Brad Daugherty along with its companion programs Headlock on Hunger and Huddle Against Hunger have provided nearly 400,000 meals to area students who may be without food at home while away from school.

Local hotels will once again be hosting the SOCON teams and will also collecting food during the tournament along with tournament sponsors Ingles Markets and local Arby’s restaurants.

“The Southern Conference is proud to #jointhefight again this year by participating in Hoops Against Hunger. Childhood hunger does not take a day off when schools are not in session and Hoops Against Hunger is specifically focused on providing food for children at times when other programs aren’t able to provide the critical everyday support that many children depend on. As in past years, we are especially proud to offer fans attending this year’s Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships opportunities to help out either with on-site food donations or cash contributions. Our goal is to make this a record breaking tournament for the Hoops Against Hunger program,” says Geoff Cabe, Senior Associate Director of the Southern Conference.

“We are honored to once again be working with the Southern Conference, Ingles, Arby’s, the Brumit Restaurant Group, our area hotels, the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, the US Cellular Center, and everyone who has joined us in making sure that no child in our community goes hungry,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities.

“We know that when you’re hungry, nothing else matters. You’re not able to study. You’re not able to think. You’re not able to have a regular academic career because you have a secret; you know you’re different from some of the other students who do have enough food at home.”

According to the USDA 16 million children live in households that do not have an adequate supply of food, and almost 3 million of these children live in households that experience hunger. Research indicates that hungry children do more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate. More than 50% of students in Buncombe County Schools participate in the free or reduced lunch programs.

For more information on Hoops Against Hunger please visit www.hoopsagainsthunger.net. For more information on the upcoming Southern Conference Tournaments please visit www.soconsports.com

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