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Central Bank Jim Reid Classic

AMEN House, Other Charities to Benefit

Submitted on November 6, 2018

On Nov. 16 Georgetown College men’s basketball hosts the 25th annual Jim Reid Classic. This tournament sponsored by Central Bank has taken on many different versions, but the mission always the same – honor the legacy of Jim Reid.

What better way to honor the man who loved basketball and also was generous with his time, talent, and blessings than to reach into the community with BLACKOUT HUNGER– an event supporting the AMEN House.

Coach Chris Briggs has been following Reid’s model during his eight seasons and now adds a canned food drive in the silver anniversary of the legendary coach’s tournament.

“We try to find ways every year to take the blessings we have and the resources we have to influence the greater good,” Briggs said. “Remington Williams, who was at the time Student Body President, came to me this past February and we’ve been working on ideas ever since.

“It just seemed right that we see a need at the AMEN House, and we take Friday’s game against Talladega to support them and honor Coach Reid.”

Two cans will get you admittance to the high-flying, high-octane men’s basketball game. All cans go to stock the barren shelves at AMEN House. The tip is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Talladega College was on board with helping in this service project. The Tornados will wear their home whites, while the No. 4 Tigers will don their road black uniforms. Fans are encouraged to also wear black.

While all fans are asked to bring canned or food items that have a longer shelf life, GC students have an added bonus.

The fraternity, sorority, or athletic program that brings the most will receive a check from Director of Athletics Brian Evans to use for that group’s chosen philanthropic organization.

“It’s about getting involved and making a difference,” Evans said. “College is a perfect opportunity for our next generation to begin to see the benefits they have and the ways they can reach out to others to make a difference.

“These are the types of experiences we want our Georgetown students to have and athletics can be a great path for it. We are using this game to really benefit multiple organizations, supporting the AMEN House with much-needed food resources and donating to a second charitable organization of the winning group’s choosing.”

This year only three teams are competing in the classic so only one game a day. It will wrap up noon Nov. 17 as Talladega plays Midway College.


-- Jenny Elder, GC Sports Information

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