Announcing the Competitive Giving League at Essex High School


Fall sports teams, faculty, and staff at Essex High School will vie for victory of a new kind: winners in a community service competition during the week of October 14, 2013. The team that brings in the most items for the local food shelf will be crowned the victor on October 18th at the Hornet’s last home football game.

The Athletic Leadership Council student-athletes are helping to organize this new competition. Giving back to the community is the goal and Heavenly Food Pantry, the Essex Junction VT Foodbank branch, is the recipient. In addition to food donations by the athletes, other EHS students can donate on behalf of their favorite team or teacher in an effort to bolster the competition. Fans and parents of athletes can give nonperishable items, too.

Athletic Director Ed Hockenbury feels “the Competitive Giving League is yet another means for the student-athletes to hone their leadership skills via a community service challenge. Leading and winning certainly occurs both on and off the playing field.”

Many at Essex High School are contributing to making this inaugural competitive season a success:

• All students and staff who donate.

• CTE Graphic Design students will help with promotional materials.EHS Digital Media Club’s EHSPN students’ interview & media assistance.

• EHS math league members are assisting with data compilation and formula creation to determine the winning team based on roster size and donation ratio.

• Athletic Leadership Council student-athletes are promoting participation in the competition among all students, parents, faculty and staff, and fans.

Organizer Kristin Kany says “this community competition is a clear win-win-win for all involved. The athletes get to tap into their inherent competitive nature to go head-to-head for a common Good. They are also learning hands-on organization of a big project; softball player Taylor Picard has stepped up to captain our first fall league. This fun contest can help enhance school spirit for all involved, teachers too. And, all our effort is geared toward serving others and helping fellow Vermonters, something with which our state especially excels. This can be a wonderful experience. We’re hoping for a very successful first season and plan to expand into winter sports. In the spring, we’re setting larger goals involving our greater community by challenging a rival school to help their community in this Competitive Giving League. That is our hope and our vision.”

Fall sports teams involved include: the new boys’ and girls’ volleyball squads, soccer, cross country, cheerleading, football and field hockey. Actual donation days for this contest are Friday October 11 – Friday October 18th. Team boxes will be located in the EHS main lobby; parents can participate too during parent-teacher conferences on Wed. Oct 16 and Thurs. Oct 17.

At the Friday night home football game on Oct 18, fans can get a $1 off the admission fee by bringing in a nonperishable item to donate. 

Heavenly Food Pantry accepts non-expired nonperishable food items, including proteins and baking products as well as household cleaning items, hygiene products, and infant needs. Smaller jars, cans, boxes and jugs are best.

For more information, or if you’d like to contribute, contact Kristin Kany at or 802-324-4566.

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