Dec. 1, 2009

WSU women's basketball to support kinship caregivers with special events during Vanderbilt game

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

DAYTON, Ohio-The Wright State University women's basketball team will honor kinship caregivers during a special presentation at halftime during their game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Kinship caregivers are grandparents or other relatives (and occasionally non-relatives) who serve as the primary caregivers for minor children. In Ohio, more than 86,000 households are headed by kinship caregivers, who often face significant challenges in providing full-time care for children in need.

To recognize and support local kinship caregivers — and raise awareness of their increasingly common situation — Wright State is encouraging basketball 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.

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 addition to Wright State and the Center for Healthy Communities, event sponsors include City Barbeque and Ovations Food Services.

The game, which takes place in the Ervin J. Nutter Center, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children or free with the donation of a toy or non-perishable food item.