Traverse City West, Central Basketball Teams to play in Drug Awareness Game

Traverse City West and Traverse City Central High School’s boys basketball teams will duke it out in a cross-town rivalry match for a good cause. 

West will host Central next Friday in a game that will promote drug awareness. 

Ticket proceeds will benefit Students Against Negative Decisions and other local addiction resources. 

Student senators from T.C. West teamed up with the Michigan State Police and the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition to organize the game. 

Unlike previous years, organizers say they won’t be preaching at the students, but instead, making them aware of mental and addiction resources nearby. 

“We want to make sure people know just that there are other options for mental health, addiction and we want to make sure they know there are resources available,” said student senator Madelynn Johnson. 

“We felt as if just giving someone a pamphlet, they’re going to throw it away,” said organizer Reegan Graham. 

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. January 17. Tickets can be bought at the door. Adult tickets are $5 and child tickets are $3.