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CHARLESTON -- The Eastern Illinois University Athletic Department and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host the annual EIU HOOPS event on Saturday, Feb. 16, according to a press release.

Youth Groups and school athletic teams and their leaders, parents, coaches are invited to attend this 17th annual event which sees more than 200 area junior high/high school students enjoying pizza/pop, games, music, and athletes/coaches sharing their faith. The only cost is $2 per person and this allows them to watch both women’s and men’s basketball games that afternoon.

Youth Group Leaders, chaperones, coaches need to contact Tom Woodall at 217-549-6617 or at twoodall@eiu.edu, before Feb. 11 so the food provisions can be made.

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Groups park in the large lot just west of the EIU football stadium, then walk to and enter the north doors of the Lantz Gym. At 11:20 a.m., participants, obtain food and then move to the Indoor Field House for games and the program. Music will be led by Mike Beresford, former EIU track athlete and long time school administrator in Indianapolis.

Matt Bollant, coach of the rapidly improving EIU women’s team, will welcome those attending. Other EIU coaches and athletes will share their faith and following the program special door prizes are randomly given.

At 12:45 p.m., the group will be dismissed to go watch the EIU women vs. Southeast Missouri. Later, at 3:15 p.m. the EIU men will play the Southeast Missouri men.

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