AHS Basketball raises record amount for Mid-South Food Bank

AHS Basketball raises record amount for Mid-South Food Bank
Posted on 11/19/2018
About eight years ago, the Arlington High School basketball booster club started We Are Arlington, an event that spotlights and introduces the players from Arlington Middle, Lakeland Middle and AHS to the community. 

Over the years, they added competitions like a three-point shootout, a dunk contest and a varsity scrimmage match. The cheerleaders also perform.

But two years ago, the team wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so they began donating the $3 entrance fee to the Mid-South Food Bank. Susan Brewer, booster club president, never imagined how much it would help.

This week, a representative from Mid-South called her and said the nearly $950 donation they collected during We Are Arlington will feed more than 2,700 people in the region, enough to cover at least one meal and part of Thanksgiving.

"I started crying," Brewer said. "I had no idea that it touched that many lives. We wanted to make a nice gesture, and it was a great outreach for our players. But it blew my mind that it would feed that many people."

The Mid-South Food Bank assists 319 agencies throughout 31 counties and three states and distributes more than one million pounds of food each month. The organization says for every dollar donated 96 cents is used to purchase food.

"I think it shows our athletes the importance of giving back," Brewer added. "We Are Arlington gives our players and community a chance to get to know each other, but I think the even greater part is that we're helping those in need in our city."