Charity basketball game to benefit the Carmel Youth Assistance Program


By Heather Collins

Local middle school teachers and members of the Carmel police and fire departments will compete in a charity basketball game Jan. 20 benefiting the Carmel Youth Assistance Program.

The four teams will be comprised of staff members from Carmel, Creekside and Clay middle schools as well as a team of Carmel police officers and firefighters. Each team will compete in a round robin tournament.

The Carmel Youth Assistance Program was selected to be the beneficiary through the Student Athletic Boards from the three middle schools.

“We are thrilled that the middle schools chose a local organization to be the beneficiary,” said Maggie Figge, early intervention advocate for CYAP. “The reason I think it is really neat is because it is Carmel kids helping their peers.”

CYAP provides assistance and early prevention to at-risk youth by providing access to programs and services that promote positive growth experiences and enhance home and community relationships.

Figge said the annual charity basketball game will be a fun, all-ages event that provides a chance for the middle schoolers to cheer for their school and see their teachers compete. The event also will include concessions and a cheerleading squad comprised of middle school staff members.

Proceeds will go directly to CYAP and assist the organization in getting youth involved in mentoring, tutoring and activities, including sports, theatre, music and camp. The CYAP will have a booth on site to allow the community to learn more about the organization, donate or find out how to become a mentor.

Charity basketball game

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 20

Where: Carmel Middle School, 300 S. Guilford Rd.

Cost: $5

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