For Immediate Release:

“Community leaders will hit the court for local basketball madness at Communities In Schools Basketball Challenge, April 5, 2019”

 Allentown, PA – March 19, 2019 On Friday, April 5, 2019, teams of volunteers from local companies and schools will face off on the basketball court in Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley’s (CIS) first Basketball Challenge at Northampton Community College Spartan Center from 5:30pm-8:00pm. True to our name, CIS brings community resources and relationships inside our schools to connect students and families to what they need to succeed. In April, we bring the community to the basketball court for some friendly competition to support our nonprofit mission.

Volunteer teams will face off round-robin style with the winning team earning a chance to play against our CIS All-Star Team, made up of local CIS high school students. Local elementary and middle school students will also participate in on-court basketball challenges to earn prizes donated by community members. Volunteer teams are made up of leaders from local companies, like Olympus Corporation of the Americas, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., PNC Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, and BSI Corporate Benefits LLC. The event is a testament to the power of the community to come together in support of local students, who rely on the caring relationships and nonacademic resources that Communities In Schools provides.

“We have worked with Communities In Schools for years because there is no better way to bring our employees together with the local youth who will make up the region’s future workforce,” said Nacho Abia, President and CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “As we celebrate our 100 year anniversary as a company and 13 years in the Lehigh Valley, we renew our commitment to true-to-life moments together with CIS, whether in learning, or lending a helping hand, or showing off our skills on the basketball court.”

We look forward to bracket-busters, buzzer-beaters, and more as the local community shows off their skills the Friday night before this year’s NCAA Final Four. “Since Team BSI didn’t make the NCAA tournament, no better way to support CIS and our community than playing in their Basketball Challenge,” said Shawn Hughes, Vice President of BSI Corporate Benefits LLC. “Team BSI might be the 16th seed but we can’t wait to play, volunteer and support CIS.”

About Communities In Schools (CIS) Lehigh Valley: With staff in 30 schools in Allentown School District, Bethlehem Area School District, East Penn School District, Easton Area School District, Reading School District, and Whitehall-Coplay School District, CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.


Press Contact: Brittany Pierzga, Director of Advancement & Communications

Cell: 610-295-9467

Office: 484-834-8836


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