11/03/10 The Ancilla College men’s basketball and cheer teams played “BudgetBall” recently as part of the United Way’s Money Smart Week.

The event, which took place at Plymouth High School, combines fiscal strategy and actual basketball play.  Its main purpose is to provide an entertaining physical experience while learning about managing money.

Teams earned money by selecting sacrifices and lost money (credit) by acquiring power-ups.  Examples of sacrifices and power-ups included free dunks, picking a kid out of the stands to join play, and wearing oven mitts for a quarter.

Each team’s “BudgetBucks” balance was kept, and teams with a positive BudgetBuck balance added it to their score at the end of the game.

 The cheer team also participated, entertaining the crowd between periods.  Several members of the cheer team also played in the game.

 “BudgetBall was a great opportunity for our program to be active in the community and help raise awareness for Money Smart Week,” said Ancilla College men’s basketball coach Greg Neeley.  “We thank the Ancilla College cheerleaders for partnering with us and the United Way for providing us this great opportunity.”

 Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

 Photo: Members of the Ancilla College men’s basketball and cheer teams pose together during “BudgetBall”, an event sponsored by United Way.