The upcoming men’s basketball game between Villanova University and Seton Hall University will be about much more than which team scores the most points.

Just this week, the teams announced that they will join forces “to shine a light on the Sudanese people who remain at risk of violence, hunger, displacement and human suffering” during their January 18 game.

The game is part of Villanova’s ongoing partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to address the situation in Sudan and South Sudan. As part of this “Play for Peace” initiative:

‘CRS will provide the coaching staff of both teams with special Playing for Peace ribbons to wear during the game. Villanova and Seton Hall have also designed shooting shirts for players to wear during pre-game warm-ups and halftime. Additionally, CRS student ambassadors will greet fans as they enter the arena to distribute half-page fact sheets with information about “Playing for Peace,” and instructions for an important legislative ask. A halftime ceremony featuring remarks from the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, will further shine a light on the importance of “Staying with Sudan.”’

The basketball game is one of many events that have been hosted by Villanova University to benefit the people of the region. On December 7, 2010 the college hosted a vigil in advance of South Sudan’s referendum on independence. During the referendum voting period last year, they sponsored a bus to transport South Sudanese Diaspora living in the Philadelphia area to the nearest polling station in Virginia.

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