Fairmont State basketball has held numerous camps and showcases in the past, but on Saturday, it added a new wrinkle to its schedule.
The Falcons partnered with the United Way for the first time in a free basketball clinic for 70 boys and girls in the eighth grade or under in the Joe Retton Arena.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams, womens’ coach Steve McDonald, men’s coach Jerrod Calhoun and a couple of former players were on hand to show the kids basketball drills at the college level.
The majority of participants were kids from Marion County, contrasting from the camps and showcases that attracts a lot of kids from out of the area.
The United Way of Marion County got members of the community excited for the 2016-17 United Way campaign during Tuesday’s kickoff at the Falcon Center on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Blaire-Nuzum Wise, president of the board of directors of the United Way of Marion County, announced the 2016-17 campaign theme “Give Local, Live Local.”
“I think that we wanted to make (the campaign) very personal and Marion County-centric because if we are unable to meet the basic needs of our neighbors, then our community is not going to live and thrive,” she said.
Dr. Maria Rose, president of Fairmont State University, welcomed community members to campus and said the university is honored to be able to host the kickoff event each year.
As a member of the community-review board, Rose said it is apparent that there is a lot of need in Marion County, and it is important to provide services to the citizens.
The United Way of Marion County continues to help nonprofit agencies year after year.
There is a total of 22 agencies that it helps.
Each year a new campaign is launched with a goal, and the money raised goes to help keep those agencies stay afloat.
At the United Way of Marion County Spring Celebration held Monday, United Way board members, agency representatives, campaign division chairs and donors gathered at Colasessano’s in White Hall to celebrate the 2015 campaign and to introduce a 2016 campaign soft launch.
The First Energy Foundation gave a $36,000 donation to the United Way of Marion County Tuesday morning.
First Energy Corp. manager of external affairs Allen Staggers said First Energy participates in giving donations to the United Way of Marion County every year.