University hoop action in Digby - Acadia and Mount St. Vincent playing for mental health fundraiser at DRHS

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on October 10, 2016

DRHS and the Digby Clare Mental Health Volunteers will host two university basketball games Oct. 28 in support of SchoolsPlus.

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DIGBY – Digby area sportsfans will be able to watch two university basketball games in the DRHS gym.

The Acadia University Axemen and Axewomen basketball teams will both play their counterparts from Mount St. Vincent University at Digby Regional High School on Oct. 28.

The Digby Clare Mental Health Volunteers (DCMHV) are organizing the fundraiser games in support of the SchoolsPlus program at DRHS.

The DCMHV have 240 tickets for the games and they are also selling sponsorship flags and space in the program.

Organizer Mike Bartlett says they will be holding fun fundraisers at the half times and intermission.

For example they will hold a “Build Your Sub Race” where two team members put on a Subway bread costume - one lays down while the other runs to get the meat and cheese and vegetables, piles it on the bread and then jumps on top to finish the race.

They will also host a Mascot Challenge with fans paying $2 to line up behind either the Subway Monkey, DRHS’s Ozzy or one of the university mascots. The team with the most baskets in a minute wins a prize.

Bartlett says thanks to generous partners they should have a prize for almost everyone who attends.

Basketball Nova Scotia has provided t-shirts, the Canadian Women’s Olympic basketball team has provided prizes, they have tickets for Acadia basketball games, they have Atlantic University Sports season passes and VIP passes to the AUS basketball championships in March in Halifax, and an autographed ball from the Acadia men’s and women’s teams.

SchoolsPlus will use the money to support a mental health support group at DRHS.

Amy Theriault the SchoolsPlus facilitator at DRHS says the group provides a safe inclusive space for students to share the challenges they face at home, at school and in the community.

The students bring in guest speakers to talk about mental illness and healthy strategies for relaxing and dealing with stress, self esteem and online bullying among other topics.

The students organize the group, now in its second year and they call it the Chit Chat group.

The students also travel outside the Digby area to visit other organizations and centres to learn more about dealing with mental illness.

And Theriault says this year, the group hopes to engage and interact more with the rest of the student body to promote awareness of mental illness, remove stigma and let students know about the supports available to them.

Tickets for the Oct. 28 games are $10 and can be purchased at Subway or through DRHS students involved in basketball or the ChitChat group.

jriley@digbycourier.ca