On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System will play Kalamazoo Lakeside Charter at Muskegon Heights High School in what is being called the “Unity Game.” Before the basketball game, the Junior Varsity Tigers will play the Freshmen Tigers at 5:30 p.m.
“When Shelby Public Schools refused to play their scheduled game with us, it presented the perfect opportunity for our two schools to come together on the basketball court in a show of unity, strength, and good sportsmanship,” said Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross.
“This is an opportunity for our community to move forward and heal from an event caused by a criminal from outside of our community. This is our school, our community, and we are so proud that our students will be playing in front of their friends, families, and fans. Of course that would not be possible without Kalamazoo Lakeside Charter, and I would like to thank their school, parents, and students for their support,” added Zachery-Ross.
Zachery-Ross said she is pleased that Muskegon Heights students, especially the seniors, will be able to celebrate their final game of the season on their home court. With it being parent night, she expects the entire community will turn out to recognize not only the student athletes, but the families that support them.
Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson is encouraging members of the greater Muskegon area to lend their support by attending the game. Hilson said, “I am asking that everyone join me and my family March 2, 2016, to cheer on the Muskegon Heights Tigers. My hope is that all of Muskegon County shows their Tiger Pride and fills the gym to capacity.”
Tickets will be on sale starting at 5:00 p.m. the night of the game.
According to Hilson, there will be a visible law enforcement presence before, during, and after the game.