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Basketball games raise money to help homeless youth

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Area basketball games are making a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

Tonight was the 5th annual "Silent Night" event at Green Bay West High School.

The girls and boys varsity teams faced Green Bay East High School.

The schools join forces for the event.

For the first 10 points of each game, the gym is supposed to be silent.

Once the 10th point is scored, the crowd is allowed to make noise.

Organizers say this is meant to symbolize breaking the silence on homelessness and hunger in our area.

"Last year, there was 1,100, over 1,100, kids identified as homeless or unaccompanied in the Green Bay school district, and events like this can level the playing field for these kids. Because all kids deserve an opportunity to be successful in school," said Lisa Merkel, organizer.

The money raised during Saturday's event will go to the McKinney Vento program.

This program is geared toward helping homeless children and youth have access to a public school education.

Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $20,000.

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