Metro vs. TANK at Cross-River Basketball Shoot-out on Feb. 18

Charity basketball game to support the ERM Foundation and Project RAMP

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s public transit systems will face off at the second-annual Cross-River Shoot-Out: Metro vs. TANK on Feb. 18, 7 p.m., at Dixie Heights High School in Crestview Hills, Ky.

Metro and TANK employees will hit the court for a competitive and entertaining opportunity to raise funds to help low-income bus riders. In its first year the event generated about $5,000.

The 2012 charity basketball game will raise funds for the Everybody Rides Metro Foundation, which works with almost 100 partner agencies to provide bus tokens to low-income individuals who need help getting to jobs and jobs training. A portion of the proceeds will also go to Project RAMP, a new community foundation created to give financial assistance to registered Regional Area Mobility Program (RAMP) users that find it difficult to personally fund their transportation on RAMP.

Admission to the game is a $2 suggested donation at the door. Donations and sponsorships for teams or individual players are also available, call 513-632-9246.

About Everybody Rides Metro Foundation:  Established in May of 2006, Everybody Rides Metro is the first charity in the nation to subsidize public transportation for low-income riders. The foundation receives contributions from corporate donors, other foundations, federal grants, and individuals. For more information, visit www.everybodyridesmetro.org.

About Project RAMP:  Formed in 2012, Project RAMP provides financial assistance to Regional Area Mobility Program (RAMP) riders in need. RAMP, operated by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, provides ADA transportation to residents of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Project RAMP is administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky.

About Metro:  Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing more than 17 million rides per year. Visit Metro at www.go-metro.com or www.facebook.com/GoMetro.

About TANK:  The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky is an integral part of the Northern Kentucky community, providing public transit service to Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties as well as downtown Cincinnati for more than 35 years. Close to 4 million passengers each year rely on TANK buses throughout the region to get them where they need to be. Visit TANK on the web at www.tankbus.org.

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