The Wayne State University Warriors and University of Detroit Mercy Titans will compete for a cause instead of a win on Oct. 29.
At 7 p.m, both schools men’s basketball teams will tip off the first City College Series at Calihan Hall on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus. This will be the first time in 14 years these teams have played each other.
Each ticket for the game will be sold for $2 and Michigan First Credit Union will then match every dollar made from ticket sales to benefit Detroit Public School’s kindergarten through 6th grade athletic departments.
“Community service is always good and it is even better when you get to play in front of all your family and friends,” said WSU shooting guard George Spencer.
Spencer, a former DPS student, added that a combination of factors contributes to his excitement. His mother currently attends UDM and he said he’s also excited to be able to play against some of his old teammates from DPS who play for the Titans.
The game will include six DPS graduates between the two teams.
UDM Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels Jr. said that although competition is important, there are bigger things to focus on in this game.
“Winning is important but in this instance, the competition is secondary to what we are trying to do. The important thing about this is it is for K-6 because they really need help in their athletic department,” explains Vowels.
Vowels and Nicole Stoll, WSU’s assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions, said both schools hope to see the City College Series become an annual event, growing each year and increasing the amount of money raised for DPS.
Stoll says only good things will come from this event. This event will bring back an old tradition the schools used to have and any opportunity to help DPS students is an exciting one.
“This is a tradition that we used to have many years ago…this is hopefully the start of a new tradition, or the start of reviving that tradition,” said Stoll. “We are excited to hopefully go up there and raise money for the Detroit Pubic schools.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased now and only in person at Calihan Hall (4001 W. McNichols Road in Detroit). They will also be sold at the door. For additional information about the game, contact Detroit Mercy’s Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions.