Willamette Collects Donations for Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

Monetary donations to assist those affected by the Haiti earthquake will be accepted at two Friday evening events at Willamette University.

Willamette's basketball teams have organized an effort called Hoopsters for Haiti, and they will accept donations at the Friday, Jan. 22, home games between the Bearcats and Pacific Lutheran University. The Willamette women will play at 6 p.m., and the men at 8 p.m. Both games are in Cone Field House.

Donations also will be accepted at Friday's Blind Boys of Alabama concert, which is part of the university's 10-day Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

At both events, people will be able to donate cash or checks only - no supplies. At the basketball games, a percentage of ticket sales will also be contributed to the relief efforts in Haiti.

The Hoopsters for Haiti project is being led by two players, Cameron Mitchell '10 and Bubba Lemon '11.

"We as athletes are obligated to be leaders within our communities," Lemon said. "I can't think of a better way to use our gifts and talents as athletes than to help others who cannot help themselves."

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