Back in June, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that after a trial run the year prior, any and all schools wishing to participate in a Foundation Service Week basketball game are more than welcome to do so as long as each school makes a $250 contribution to the OHSAA Foundation, which will be returned to the schools in the form of scholarships and other various materials for education to the student-athletes in all sports.
The basis of the Foundation Game is fairly simple. In essence, it is a scrimmage under 100 percent live game conditions and played in front of fans. It takes away a possible scrimmage date from each team, but in turn that team is getting a live game with regular season rules, however, the game and stats do not count towards the final standings.
So far, exactly 1/3 of our area schools to our knowledge have signed up to play in these charity games, which must be played sometime between Fri. November 21-Sat. December 6. Here is what we have to date:
Friday, November 21
- Monroeville at Norwalk, 5 p.m. (JV and Varsity girls and boys)
- Clyde at Bellevue, 6 p.m. (Varsity girls and boys)
- Vermilion at Brookside, 6 p.m. (Varsity girls and boys)
Wednesday, November 26
- Sandusky at Perkins, 6 p.m. (Varsity girls and boys)
All money taken in from ticket sales, concessions, 50/50 raffles, etc. during each game will all go to a charitable cause of some kind.
- The Monroeville-Norwalk proceeds will go to a fund for equipment needs for kids that get hurt and require medical attention at the hospital (ex: an ankle brace, wheelchair, etc). The fund is named after the late Patty Ringholz, who was married to 31-year head Monroeville football coach Steve Ringholz. She died in April after a 13-year battle with breast cancer.
- The Clyde-Bellevue proceeds will go to the family of Tina Carr, who lost their home in a fire this past spring in which firefighters could not reach her house due to flooded over roadways.
- The Vermilion-Brookside proceeds will go to local food banks, with the Vermilion portion going to the local Vermilion Food Pantry.
- The Sandusky-Perkins proceeds will go to St. Jude's Hospital in memory of Kole Keller, the late son of current Blue Streak head boys basketball coach Steve Keller. Kole died in April of 2007 due to complications from brain tumors at the age of six.