Sept. 9, 2016
The Marquette University men's basketball team will visit the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in the Sherman Park area on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to host a back-to-school event at the club.
The visit will include a brief program with head coach Steve Wojciechowski and selected players at 10:45 a.m. Through the athletic department's collaboration with Aurora and Meijer, the team will distribute backpacks, notebooks, folders, pencils and other items to help the children in attendance with school supplies. McDonald's will also be providing cheeseburgers, apple slices and water.
"It's extremely important to not only our program, but our entire University, that we are involved in reaching out to the greater Milwaukee community," head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "Our visit to the Boys & Girls Club is a great opportunity for our team to have an impact outside of campus, while at the same time providing some valuable school supplies to the children in Sherman Park."
Saturday's event is one piece of the program's year-round community service efforts, which also includes involvement with Al's Run and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Former player Rob Jackson, who was a member of the 2003 Final Four team, works at the Boys and Girls Club and played a large role in coordinating the event.
"Aurora Health Care is delighted at the opportunity to support students in the Sherman Park community as they gear up for the new school year," said Cristy Garcia-Thomas, chief diversity and inclusion officer and president Aurora Health Care Foundation. "This event is a great celebration of our youth and a testament to the sense of community beaming throughout this neighborhood."
"As a Marquette University alum as well as a local business owner, it's great to see these young men extend a hand and be a positive role model for the kids in Sherman Park," said Steve Kilian Jr., MU Business '05 and co-owner owner of 44 McDonald's Restaurants in Wisconsin. "McDonald's applauds the effort and wishes all the students - both in college and elementary school - a successful school year."
"Meijer is pleased to support Marquette University and when the men's basketball team asked for our assistance with this program we were happy to provide supplies that will help students start the new school year on the right foot," said Catherine Cooper, senior director for community partnerships and giving at Meijer. "As a family-owned company we believe that investing in kids is the foundation of healthy communities."