FLINT (WJRT) -
(05/12/14) - ABC12's School Spirit Challenge has spun its way into finale week. Several of downtown Flint's business owners helped kick off festivities with their annual Hula Hoop for Hunger event at Blackstone's.
"We love it. It's our fifth year and we're so excited to get the Flint community together to come down here and raise money for the Food Bank," said Heather Lurvey.
Hoopers of all ages managed to give their spirit a spin.
"I've been hula hooping on tops of bars since the '80s, so I know what I'm doing," said Kathleen Gazell.
This year's Hula Hoop for Hunger brought together everyone from Commit to Fit to the Flint Horror Con crew. Even the Mott Cheerleaders and Flint Derby Girls got in on the act.
"Hey, I've been doing this since the playground at elementary school. This is great. There are so many families in need and it's great to see our young people getting involved and helping," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
All donations collected at Blackstone's throughout this week will be added to the overall School Spirit totals, which will provide a big boost for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan heading into the summer.
"We're close to making it over 500,000 pounds. We're very excited. We've had 12 schools hit over 10,000 pounds, so it's been a very exciting year," said Tracy Fowler-Johnston, of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
While a new Spirit Cup champ won't be crowned until Friday, these downtown Flint hoopers believe they've already got it in the bag.