Dayton and Xavier fans vie for trophy

Universities compete in collection of food and clothing donations to benefit local charities | February 5, 2003

The men’s and women’s basketball teams aren’t the only ones aiming to get a trophy—the fans are hoping to earn one too. Both Xavier and the University of Dayton are collecting donations of food, clothing, household items and cash for local charities as part of the fourth annual Fill-A-Truck challenge. The university that has the greatest weight in donations wins the Drive 75 trophy (named after the interstate shared by both schools) and bragging rights for a year. The event is sponsored by Xavier’s student athletic advisory council. This is the first year for the challenge with Dayton. "The competition between the schools adds a twist," says Dawn Rogers, senior associate athletic director. "It’s another way to remind people to bring stuff to the game. Our fans have been tremendous in their generosity. Last year we collected $1,400 in cash donations and filled up the floor of a semi truck." Xavier is collecting its items this weekend during the men’s and women’s home basketball games. The men face Dayton in an Atlantic 10 Conference game on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The game is being televised on Fox Sports Net. The women play on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:00 p.m. against Richmond and again on Sunday, Feb. 9, against George Washington at 2:00 p.m. Both games are A-10 games and are in the Cintas Center. The department of athletics is also accepting donations during the days prior to the games. Cash donations collected by Xavier are being given to the Neediest Kids of All, an organization that helps underprivileged children. Food, clothing and household items collected are being given to Matthew 25 Ministries, a nondenominational humanitarian relief group, the Drop Inn Center, a homeless shelter, and St. Jude Appalachian Missionary. For more information about donating, call 513 745-3413.