Munch Madness raising money for St. Vincent de Paul

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Clear your lunch calendar Crusaders, because from April 3rd-12th the elite 3-on-3 coed basketball tournament known as Munch Madness will be taking over the Knight courts.

As the less popular “March Madness” will be ending on the same day as Jesuit’s tournament begins, April 3rd, everyone can put all their bracket and buzzer beater energy into Munch Madness.

While Munch Madness winners aren’t seeking a big NCAA trophy, they are seeking immortality on a banner in the cafeteria, and of course the glorious pride.

“I want to leave my legacy at Jesuit,” 2017 Munch Madness participant junior Lukas Stashin said.

Qualifications for a team is 3-5 players that must include at least one female, a liability form, and $25.

A team might be wondering if the $25 goes towards professional referees, but all of the money goes to the worldwide Catholic organization, St. Vincent de Paul.

“It’s cool to see your name on the wall but that’s not really what it’s about,” 2017 Munch Madness coach junior Jack Meier.

The organization’s work may encompass any form of aid that alleviates suffering and it strives to discover and redress situations which cause suffering.

“There are two food drives [at Jesuit] in the winter and spring” student government Activities Committee member junior Katie Amann said.

Bringing in food for the tournament hadn’t produced the same participation because the donation process wasn’t as formal as the winter food drive, so the team entry fee was implemented.

“What we came up with, with student government, was if we gave St. Vincent de Paul money they could go to the Oregon food bank and buy food at a discounted rate,” Mr. Powers said. “We are helping them do their work by supporting them [St. Vincent de Paul] financially.”

Along with the money Jesuit students raise through Munch Madness, our alumni will match the amount dollar-for-dollar.

This year student government created brackets to be purchased for $1 for students that aren’t playing basketball have the opportunity to participate. Those who achieve the perfect bracket will be awarded a custom shirt.

Yes, Munch Madness is an opportunity for students to unleash their inner D1 basketball player, but the mission behind the games are to help those in our greater community that are suffering.