February 7, 2012

Second Hoops for Blue Scholars Game Set for Saturday

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's basketball team will once again use its scoring to help Corpus Christi's finest, as the second annual Hoops for Blue Scholars game will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, against Sam Houston State at the American Bank Center. For every field goal the Islanders score, money will be raised to help support the One Hundred Club Scholarship, benefiting the families of CCPD officers and criminal justice majors at the Island University.

"We're proud to work in step with the men and women of the Corpus Christi Police Department on this endeavor," Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Trent Hill said. "Hoops for Blue Scholars is a great way for the Coastal Bend to support the Islanders, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and the men and women in blue and their families. We're hoping to eclipse our total of over $16,000 in pledges from last year's event."

Fans and community members are asked to pledge a certain amount for every field goal (2- or 3-point basket) that the Islanders score in the game against the Bearkats, slated for a 1 p.m. tipoff. Click here to make a donation. Fans making a donation will also receive a free ticket to the game.

"These times are obviously economically challenging for everyone," CCPD Captain Ed Shannon said. "Going to a university anywhere isn't very cheap, and this affords a scholarship for Corpus Christi police officers and the children of active and retired police officers."

Last year, the team raised more than $16,000 for the One Hundred Club Scholarship by knocking down 22 field goals in their game against Texas State. For the latest on Islanders men's basketball, follow us on Twitter @IslandersMBB and "Like" the team on Facebook at Islanders Mens Basketball.