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Kirtland Firebirds hold “Hunger Games” to support local food pantry

The Kirtland Community College Firebirds are holding a Hunger Games food drive at Mio’s McGregor Athletic Complex (MAC) on Saturday, Jan. 25 to support the Together We Can food pantry in Oscoda County, Mich.  Everyone attending Saturday’s basketball games will get into the games for a reduced rate by giving a canned food, non-perishable food or cash donation to support the Hunger Games food drive.

The Firebirds face Schoolcraft this weekend, with the Lady Birds tipping off at 1 p.m., followed by men’s play at 3 p.m.  In the Eastern Conference, the women’s team currently has a 1-3 record, while the men’s team stands at 0-4.

“I think the Firebirds’ Hunger Games is a great event and serves several purposes,” said Mark Vick, coach of Kirtland’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.  “It’s good for communities, raises awareness about our program and gets people out to the game so they can support our student athletes.”

In January, the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) announced the annual MCCAA Hunger Games to aid food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools, allowing each school to pick the date of the game and a local community food bank to receive all food and cash donations.

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000 extension 284 or visit