By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's and Women's Basketball have partnered with Trine University and Ohio Dominican University to open the doors to basketball season earlier than originally scheduled and provide aid to those affected by natural disasters that have plagued the United States and its territories over previous months. With permission from the NCAA, Capital Women's Basketball will host Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Men's Basketball will bring Trine to The Capital Center on Saturday, Nov. 10 to serve as fundraisers toward relief efforts following damages sustained by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The fundraising exhibition serves as a gesture of good faith by Capital, Ohio Dominican and Trine universities, as well as the NCAA considering this goes beyond the set by laws of preseason play. Traditionally, NCAA Division III teams are permitted to play in no more than two non-countable contests prior to its traditional season beginning. With both men's and women's basketball teams already possessing a full slate of preseason action, all four teams had to apply for the one-time waiver to grant a third contest.
The NCAA replied and approved the petition for the waiver, granting all parties to play under conditions that no player would miss class, the schools are willing to distribute all funds to a specific organization, and that there the opponent was different than any other school that a previous contest was scheduled with during this preseason.
Capital Head Men's Basketball Coach Damon Goodwin said, "When the NCAA announced this option, Trine and Capital both discussed the advantage of our student-athletes being a part of a fundraiser for such a needed cause. We are all connected as Americans, and it's a small but genuine way to have our program involved in a relief effort. "
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to aid hurricane victims by doing something that we love to do," said Capital Head Women's Basketball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator, Dixie Jeffers. "We hope that people will come join us and give freely to help ease others' lives that have been impacted."
Women's Basketball will kick off the relief effort in its game against the Ohio Dominican Panthers on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball and the Trine Thunder will tip off at The Capital Center Performance Arena on Nov. 10, also at 7:30 p.m.
Fans in attendance are encouraged to donate $5 per person with all funds going directly to the Red Cross. Tee shirts will also be sold with all proceeds also going to the Red Cross relief effort.
Earlier this year Capital Athletics and the Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held a food, supply and fund collection at a home football game that generated more than $225 and six boxes of clothing and supplies that were sent to Houston Food Bank to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Shortly thereafter, the Capital Conservatory of Music also put on a fundraising put on a free concert that accepted donations that were dispersed between three different charities that aided relief efforts to all those affected by different natural disasters around the country.
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