Alumni Plan Food Drive During MIAA Basketball Championships in Kansas City

The alumni and friends of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) are encouraging fans attending the upcoming MIAA Basketball Championships to donate non-perishable food and supplies to those in need in the Kansas City area.

The drive, which is being coordinated by the MIAA member institutions’ alumni associations, will take place March 1-4 at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. Fans of all teams are encouraged to place donations in receptacles that will be located at the entrance as well as throughout the facility. All donations will aid the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in its mission to provide emergency assistance for people of all faiths. Monetary donations can also be made via the group’s website,

Help the MIAA and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas help others with your donation. Items always in demand include:
• Whole wheat pasta
• Meat (canned)
• Tomato sauce
• Canned fruit and vegetables
• Flour
• Sugar
• Vegetable oil
• Diapers
• Laundry soap
• Dish soap
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper
• Personal hygiene products

"I want to thank our Kansas City Alumni and Friends Chapter for taking the lead and organizing this effort," said Charlene Nichols, assistant alumni director of the FHSU Alumni Association.

The MIAA is an 11-school NCAA Division II conference that will celebrate its 100th year in 2012. Members are the University of Central Missouri, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Lincoln University, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Pittsburg State University, Southwest Baptist University, Truman State University and Washburn University.

For more information on the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas go online, Visit to learn more about the MIAA.

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