Kids, greyhounds, and basketball added up to an evening of fun and charity on December 12, "Take a Kid to the Game" night. More than $600 was raised for First State Greyhound Rescue. Photos by Dailis Melbarde.

What happens when you combine a bunch of exuberant kids, sixteen energetic greyhounds, and 40 minutes of dribbling, passing, and shooting? A night of great fun and charity, thanks to the teamwork of many who helped organize "Take a Kid to the Game®" (TAKG) night, December 12, when the Greyhounds hosted the women of East Stroudsburg University.

In addition to half-time promotions and giveaways for the kids, the event featured Moravian greyhound mascots Shiloh and Lightfoot, as well as fourteen guest greyhounds from First State Greyhound Rescue (FSGR). Kids were invited to meet the greyhounds, Moravian cheerleaders and members of the football team. Through donations and concession sales, more than $600 was raised for FSGR.

Marty Moyle of the athletics department organized and coordinated the FSGR portion of the event, with the help of Omicron Gamma Omega members, cheerleaders, women's basketball team, and football team. "Everyone stepped up and interacted with the kids to make this a memorable night," said Marty. "I heard many, many comments on how terrific the cheerleaders, football team, and basketball team members were with the youngsters."

Assistant Coach Amy Endler and Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk coordinated the overall TAKG night. Sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the TAKG program introduces local youth to college athletics and helps boost attendance at basketball games throughout the season. Kids 13 and under are admitted for free, when accompanied by an adult. The program is in its fourteenth year for women's NCAA Basketball and eleventh year for men's NCAA Basketball.

The Hounds rallied to register an exciting, overtime victory of 73-68 over the Warriors. The Moravian Women's Basketball team is ranked in the Top 25 among the nation's Division III teams.