South Dakota State gears up for Food Fight; begins Tuesday

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BROOKINGS – The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are ready for the 12th-annual Summit League Food Fight in January and February when they conduct a series of collections.

Starting Tuesday, the SDSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members will be collecting donations at all home athletic events at Frost Arena, in the University Student Union on Jan. 24 and Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and at various community events. Besides food donations, cash and Hobo Dough are accepted. A $5 donation equals 13 pounds of food and all food and cash donations are directed to the Brookings Food Pantry.

Local law enforcement, schools and businesses are also joining the Food Fight effort, including a Jan. 29 event at the Brookings Culver’s from 5-9 p.m. Jackrabbit student-athletes will serve customers and bus tables, and Culver’s will donate a portion of its profits to the Food Fight. In conjunction with the Jackrabbit Basketball Coaches Show on Feb. 25, Cubby’s will donate proceeds to the Food Fight.

Jackrabbit student-athletes will collect donations with local law enforcement at Hy-Vee on Feb. 22 from noon- 6 p.m.

Also, the “Pie in the Face” contest is back by popular demand. Jackrabbit fans are encouraged to donate money in the collection jars of either SDSU head volleyball coach Nicole Cirillo, assistant softball coach Kiki Stokes and assistant sports information director Andrew Sogn. The winner will be “pied” Mar. 2 at the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Western Illinois.

In addition to the Food Fight events, cash donations or checks made payable to the Brookings Area Food Pantry can be dropped off at the Jackrabbit Ticket Office inside the Stanley J. Marshall Center during weekday business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and at the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center (Room 114). Jackrabbit fans can also donate online at

SDSU has won half of the Summit League Food Fight titles, including five consecutively between 2013 and 2017. The Jackrabbits collected 41,296.37 pounds of food during the 2017-18 Summit League Food Fight.


Jan. 23 – Women’s basketball vs. North Dakota State, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 – University Student Union, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jan. 24 – Men’s basketball vs. North Dakota State, 7 p.m.

Jan. 26 – Men’s and women’s basketball games vs. Omaha, 2 and 4:15 p.m.

Jan. 29 – Culver’s Night, 5-9 p.m.

Feb. 20 – University Student Union, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Feb. 20 – Women’s basketball vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 – Men’s basketball vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 – Hy-Vee donation drive with local law enforcement officers, noon-6 p.m.

Feb. 23 – Men’s basketball vs. South Dakota, 4 p.m.

Feb. 24 – Women’s basketball vs. South Dakota, 1 p.m.

Feb. 24 – Wrestling vs. West Virginia, 6 p.m.

Feb. 25 – Cubby’s Night


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