LMU Cares to Host Annual Fundraiser

Sept. 26, 2010

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU Cares, the ongoing community service project of the LMU men's basketball team, will host Project Knapsack's Third Annual, "Runway to Africa" Charity Fashion Show and Basketball Jam Session. The event will take place Saturday, October 2, on the Hannon Amphitheater and Lawn area on the LMU campus.

The fashion show will begin the day at 11:30, followed by lunch. Both will take on the new Hannon Amphitheater. The Basketball Jam Session will take place at Burns Recreation Center's back court, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Those interested in attending any of the events should contact Porcha Dodson at projectknapack@yahoo.com.

"LMU Cares has become a big part of our program," said Associate Head Coach Myke Scholl, who organizes the Lions' community service project and started LMU Cares in 2008-09. "We have developed a great partnership with Project Knapsack. One of the core missions of LMU is the development of the whole person and a big part of that is serving the world. Both LMU and Project Knapsack have that at its core. We are very fortunate to be able to work with Porcha Dodson and Project Knapsack."

The fashion show portion of the event will feature elementary and secondary students from various public and private schools throughout Los Angeles. All models have participated in Project Knapsack's global pen pal exchange and have adopted pen pals throughout various regions of Africa.

Among the featured models, are students from Daniel Freeman Elementary School in Inglewood, Calif. In 2008, LMU Cares and Project Knapsack launched the pen pal program in two schools in the local area. Each year, players and coaches from the men's basketball team visit the classrooms and spends time with the students, working on their pen pal letters and other projects.

Since the program began, the Lions have expanded the partnership to include students from Jefferson Elementary School in Lennox, Calif., as well as an outreach to the Molalatladi Primary School and Nkosi's Haven orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa.



Part of the event on Saturday, the Jam Session, which is one of multiple events LMU Cares participates in with Project Knapsack, will include over 150 students and families from Daniel Freeman and will be mentored by members of the Lions' 2010-ll squad.

Students will be broken up into small groups and participate in a series of clinics that focus on basketball skills, strength, agility and teamwork. This portion of the event will take place in the Burns Recreation Center.

The LMU Cares has helped raise over $15,000 to purchase schools supplies and other educational and technological resources for our sister school in Africa.

"The time and dedication that these young men have put into developing educational standards throughout the local community is immeasurable," said Dodson, who is the Project Knapsack founder. "The Coaching staff and University have done a fantastic job shaping these men to be stellar students and humanitarians."

Other sponsors of the event include Element Skateboards, Emi-Jay, Un Deux Trois, Warner Bros., Gotta Have Smore, Maggie's Earth Adventures, Magic Wardrobe, One Kid One World, The Luminescence Foundation and a host of others.

For more information, please contact Porcha Dodson at projectknapack@yahoo.com.



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