Scrimmage Expands, Includes Hurricane Relief Effort

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In conjunction with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the men's basketball Maize and Blue Scrimmage will expand in 2005 to include not only a look at the 2005-06 squad and a postgame autograph session, but also contests and prizes, ticket giveaways and an opportunity for fans to watch the U-M football game at Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 29, evening on the big screen in Crisler Arena. In addition to the activities, there will be an organized effort to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"We really want to make the Maize and Blue Scrimmage a fun event for the fans," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker. "We are so appreciative for everything they do for us, we want to give something back to them."

While admission to the event will be free of charge, the Michigan men's basketball program and the Alumni Association will use this event as a fundraiser to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Wolverines are requesting that each fan donates at least $1 for the aid effort.

"We are overwhelmed to see all the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has caused," said Amaker. "We would love to see 10,000 fans attend and donate a dollar -- that's four quarters! We could make a significant contribution, where it is clearly greatly needed."

Following the scrimmage, the team will be available on the floor for free autographs and photograph opportunities. Throughout the night, raffles and ticket giveaways will be announced, with the main prize giveaway to be announced at halftime of the Michigan-Northwestern football game. There will be no charge to enter the raffle.

The concourse level entrances of Crisler Arena will open at 5 p.m., with the scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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