Basketball ‘Battle’ benefits Goodfellows, Neighborhood House

Farmington High School will host the 15th Annual Battle of the Middles, a December 13 charity basketball game with the goal of collecting canned goods, toys, and money for Farmington area families in need.

Middle school staff from the North – Warner Middle School and Farmington STEAM Academy – and the South – Power Middle School and East Middle School will play for bragging rights. But the real winners are clients served by the Neighborhood House of Farmington/Farmington Hills and the Farmington Area Goodfellows.

Farmington Area Goodfellows Battle of the Middles
Kathy Koperski and Whitney Tyner present the 2018 Battle of the Middles check to Alan Maxey, president of Neighborhood House and Richard Lerner, president of Goodfellows. FPS representatives George Heitsch, Superintendent, Ken Sanders, principal of East Middle School, Allyson Robinson, principal of Power Middle School. (Farmington Public Schools)

Neighborhood House provides support to local families year-round, while the Goodfellows hold a holiday drive to ensure that no child or senior goes without a Christmas.

New this year, the Jumpin All-Stars will entertain guests during a half-time show with fancy jump rope skills. The Battle will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening for the event at 5:45 p.m. Farmington High is located at 32000 Shiawassee.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/children, or $1 with two or more canned goods or free with a new, unwrapped toy.

Last year’s game raised more than $15,000; over the past decade, the Battle of the Middles has helped raise more than $91,000 and collected thousands of toys and non-perishable foods.