Mid Michigan College’s Laker Basketball teams are partnering with the Central Michigan Area Toys for Tots Chapter to help disadvantaged children this holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 7 the Lakers take on Schoolcraft College’s Ocelots at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant. Everyone is welcome to attend the game and admission to all Laker Athletics events is free.

The Women’s game begins at 5:30pm and at halftime Leah Ryckman, local Director for Toys for Tots, will share a short message with all in attendance.

The Men’s teams begin play at 7:30pm and the Teddy Bear Toss will take place at halftime.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal or toy and ‘toss’ their donation onto the court when prompted.

Stuffed animals and toys will be available for purchase at the game and monetary donations are also accepted.

“We’re hoping many people join us on this special night and help us give back to our local communities,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director. “We want this year’s Teddy Bear Toss to be the biggest yet!”

The Toys For Tots program has throughout its history depended on the support of communities, businesses, and charitable organizations across the country. The local chapter was established in 1988 by SSgt. Richard A. Barz, a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, and now distributes over 8,000 toys each holiday season to children in Isabella and Clare counties.

Mid Michigan College competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) against other community colleges for conference and State championships. The Lakers also compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for national tournaments. Mid currently fields teams in the following sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, baseball, softball, bass fishing, and clay target shooting. Additional teams, including cross country, will be added in the future.

For more information about the Teddy Bear Toss event, email athletics@midmich.edu or call (989) 386-6622 x548.

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