Sixth annual charity basketball game to benefit area girl

Students, faculty, and staff will join in the fun while raising money to benefit Jamie’s Dream Team in the sixth annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Charity Basketball game. Proceeds from this event will specifically benefit a young girl from the area who recently lost her adopted parents in a car accident right after Thanksgiving.

Kiara Hawk, formerly of Butler, was born with cerebral palsy. The eight-year-old now lives with her sister and brother-in-law in the Clarian Area. Proceeds from the charity basketball game will be presented to Hawk through Jamie’s Dream Team and will be used to help remodel Hawk’s room in order to make it more accessible for her. Pitt-Greensburg’s Student Government Association (SGA) will make a special presentation to Hawk during half-time of the basketball game.

The game will be held Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Chambers Gymnasium (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA). This annual charity basketball game, which is open to the public, is part of Pitt-Greensburg’s “Spring Into the Streets,” a week-long event where members of the campus community perform community service throughout the greater Greensburg area.

At the game, more than 20 raffle baskets provided by campus clubs and organization and by local businesses will be part of the mix of offerings. Raffles include tickets to the April 12 Penguins vs. Flyers Game, as well as Pirates tickets, concert tickets, an Xbox One, and much more. Admission is free for students and children. All others attending will pay $2.

“SGA began planning this event in December 2013. From there, it turned into a campus initiative. All of the campus clubs and organizations will have either donated a raffle basket or will be working in some capacity at the game. Faculty and staff are involved, too,” explained Al Thiel, director of Student Activities at Pitt-Greensburg. “It really becomes a student body initiative in the end.” 

Additional information is available from Thiel, who may be reached via email ( or phone (724-836-9991).

Publication Date

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:30am