WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will once again participate in the annual Colonial Athletic Association Food Drive Challenge, an opportunity for the school’s student-athletes and the Wilmington community to band together and compete in a non-athletic realm versus other conference schools.

For the second year, each of the nine members will collect and donate the food and any proceeds to a local food bank. The winning school will be determined by the pounds of non-perishable food collected and money donated at each site will be factored into a formula to determine the winner. CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager will announce the winner in March and present a trophy to the winning institution.

“We’re hoping the community can help SAAC and UNCW Athletics in an effort to end hunger in Wilmington as well as beat out the other CAA schools in this friendly competition,” said Will Libous, SAAC advisor. “To make this a successful event, we need everyone’s support. Any amount of donation will help.”

The drive will be held from Feb. 19-2, with the proceeds benefitting The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Donations may be made by bringing non-perishable canned food items to offices 131 and 137 of Trask Coliseum, the Almkuist-Nixon Sports Medicine Computer Lab, the UNCW Athletics Strength and Conditioning Center in Hanover Hall, Wagoner Hall, “Dub’s Cafe” in the Warwick Center, and The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina.

Monetary donations may be dropped off to Room 137 of Trask Coliseum, as well as the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Money donated to the Food Bank should be made on behalf of UNCW Athletics.

For more information, please contact Libous (libousw@uncw.edu) or SAAC representatives Meredith Bozzi (mlb6712@uncw.edu) and Andrew Jung (aj2945@uncw.edu).