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October 24, 2013

Women’s basketball assisting off court

By Gabriel Hart

The Cleveland State women’s basketball team is involved and giving back. The ladies have been out in the community over the last few weeks donating their time to helping others.

The Vikings volunteered with “Race for the Cure” where they worked the finish line handing out breast cancer information to those finishing the race. This event has been a yearly occasion for the Vikings since the 2011 season.

In addition, head coach of the Vikings Kate Peterson-Abiad has made it a tradition to run the 5K race with the seniors on the team. There was only one senior this year, Haley Schmitt, who ran the 5K along with Coach Peterson.

“It was a great opportunity for me to be able to run in the 5K race… I really like that we’re able to get involved in the Cleveland community,” said Schmitt.

The ladies also volunteered for Blessings in a backpack, which is a national organization that works with schools all over the country to make sure elementary school children eat well on the weekends during the school year.

The Vikings spent a day packing book bags with non-perishable food items that went to those children in need. Every bag provided a child with enough food to make meals throughout the whole weekend.

The Viking’s will kick off the season with an exhibition against Ursuline College on Sunday, Nov 3.