Nov. 27, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - The Michigan State ice hockey team is on its way to kicking off the holiday season, and the players are coordinating with several other MSU teams to ask for help in the East Lansing and surrounding communities to make it a Happy Holidays for all.
This week, the Spartan hockey players are spearheading their fourth annual Student-Athlete Holiday Food Drive, led by senior forward Chris Forfar. On Saturday, the hockey program is asking everyone attending that evening's game against Ohio State to consider a donation of toiletries or non-perishable food items for this worthy cause. Donation boxes will be at every entrance at Munn Arena. The Spartans host Ohio State at 6 p.m.
In addition to asking for donations at their game this weekend, the team has partnered with student-athletes from various MSU teams to help distribute flyers and collect food in surrounding neighborhoods for the fourth consecutive year. Flyers have already been distributed in selected neighborhoods surrounding the MSU campus, and Spartan athletes from several varsity teams will be back in those neighborhoods collecting bags of donated goods later this week.
Donations collected in the surrounding MSU communities will be donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, while all donations brought to the Saturday contest vs. Ohio State will go to the MSU Food Bank.
An initiative started by Forfar and former Spartan blueliner Torey Krug during the duo's freshman year, the Student-Athlete food drive has helped collect more than 3,000 pounds of donations for the Greater Lansing and MSU Food Banks to help local families in need.
A limited number of tickets for this weekend's series against Ohio State are available in the Spartan Ticket Office (517-355-1610), or online at www.msuspartans.com