Okoboji is participating in the Iowa Hall of Pride’s new community service initiative, the “Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge.” The Okoboji varsity and JV girls basketball teams will be hosting a “Pride Scrimmage” on Friday, Nov. 21, with the JV game starting at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity game to follow against Estherville Lincoln Central.
As part of the Pride Challenge, all participating schools have identified a community service project that is meaningful for their school and community. The Okoboji girls basketball program has chosen to participate in the local Backpack Ministry program. All fans who attend this game are asked to bring items that can be found at www.bojibasketball.com to the game to receive $1 off their $5 admission.
Many schools already incorporate community service as an extension of learning in the classroom. The Pride Challenge is highlighted by “Pride Scrimmages,” where participating schools are permitted to use one of their three allotted basketball scrimmages to play a live game under all normal game conditions, although the game does not count on a team’s record. The inaugural statewide Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge takes place Nov. 17, through Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. A complete rundown of Pride Challenge information is available online at www.iowahallofpride.com.
Proceeds from the Okoboji Pride Scrimmage will go directly to the Backpack Ministry less a $250 contribution to the Richard Jacobson Education Fund at the Iowa Hall of Pride. Those contributions will be used to further the Hall of Pride’s mission to “educate the future” through their educational programs and work with students and schools across the state.
The Iowa Hall of Pride opened to the public on Feb. 23, 2005. The interactive museum imparts a sense of place to all who visit and preserves our rich Iowa heritage. The museum features dozens of exhibits that engage the visitor in experiencing the stories of Iowa’s communities and their heroes. There is a strong emphasis on education and how it has helped shape the people of Iowa. A visit to the Iowa Hall of Pride is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that takes visitors on a nostalgic trip in a very high tech, interactive way.