Chargers for Change make an impact with OOP

PLYMOUTH — The score wasn’t important Saturday as Ancilla College took on Kalamazoo Valley Community College in basketball. What was important was the final tally.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams took on Kalamazoo Valley in an MCCAA Conference battle on the floor but around the game was the fundraising efforts of Chargers for Change and Ounce of Prevention Foundation of Marshall County. The two teamed up to raise money again this year to help raise awareness and battle breast cancer in Marshall County.
“This is a great partnership for us for one reason because Ounce of Preven-tion keeps all the money here in Marshall County to help locally,” said Ancilla Athletics Director Gene Reese. “The Olivers and Ounce of Prevention are wonderful people to work with and it gives our student athletes a chance to get out and make a difference in the community. We hope this is something that once they’ve left us they will will go back to their communities and volunteer there to make a difference.”
“Every year this is something that we look forward to,” said women’s basketball coach and assistant AD at Ancilla Dave Liverance. “The Ounce of Prevention people are just wonderful to work with and it’s fantastic to be able to help them out each year.”
The proceeds from Saturday’s game along with fundraising activities during the doubleheader will go to the Foundation that works for breast cancer victims in Marshall County.
It was a day full of emotion for all as the groups made a special presentation to Marilyn Gillette from Kalamazoo College whose husband was an assistant coach for the girls team for 15 years. He died last spring after a battle with cancer. His last game was last year’s contest with Ancilla.
“That was a very emotional moment,” said Jessica Oliver, of Ounce of Prevention. “We had a little girl from Bremen – Amanda Kline – who came up to us and wanted to collect money in the crowd with us. She said ‘My mommy died of cancer and I want to help you collect change’. It’s been an emotional day and there has been just so much positive energy here. It’s great to be able to support Ancilla. They’ve all been so wonderful and they’ve truly touched a lot of people here.”