For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine Marketing and Communications, Cindy Young at (937) 775-2951, or Phillip Neal at (937) 775-4587

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2008

WSU, UD women's basketball teams to celebrate, support kinship caregivers at Sunday's game

Halftime presentation to honor Dayton-area grandparents, other non-parents caring for children full-time

DAYTON, Ohio-The Wright State University and University of Dayton women's basketball teams may battle fiercely on the court this Sunday, but during a special halftime ceremony, they will become allies in support of a worthy cause.

In more than 86,000 households across Ohio, grandparents are serving as the primary caregivers for minor children. Known as kinship caregivers, these grandparents, along with other relatives and some non-relatives, often face significant challenges in providing full-time care for children in need.

To shine a spotlight on this increasingly common situation and provide tangible support for local kinship families just in time for the holidays, the teams are encouraging fans to donate toys or non-perishable food items at the game. All donations will go to local kinship families, and anyone making a donation will be admitted to the game free of charge. In addition, news anchor Letitia Perry of WHIO-TV will recognize kinship caregivers during a special halftime presentation.

The Kinship Caregiver Coalition, sponsor of the event, is a coalition of more than 40 health and social services agencies organized through the Center for Healthy Communities in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. In addition to Wright State and the University of Dayton, Glory Foods, the Life Enrichment Center and the Halfpap/Rogers Family are major event sponsors. Media sponsors include WHIO-TV, WROU-FM 92.1 and WDHT-FM 102.9.

The game, which takes place in the Ervin J. Nutter Center, begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children or free with the donation of a toy or non-perishable food item. For more information, visit www.med.wright.edu/chc/kinship or contact Dionne Simmons, program director of the Kinship Caregiver Coalition at 937-775-1144.

Editor's note: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Phillip Neal, Marketing and Communications, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, (937) 775-4587 or phillip.neal@wright.edu.