Marquette Free Throws Score Money for Charity

Mar 8, 2024

By: Bill Wash, CBS 58

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Ask any basketball coach, they’ll tell you that free throws can mean the difference between winning and losing. Marquette Women’s Basketball Head Coach Megan Duffy is no different.

“Free throws are everything, any time you can get extra points on the scoreboard, it’s a good thing,” she said.

When the game is on the line, the same shot players have made thousands of times throughout their career gets a little harder.

“The key to making free throws is not to get too stressed about it, keep your routine and have a little fun along the way with it,” Coach Duffy said.

Free throws are also making a difference off the court, for each one made by the Marquette men’s and qomen’s teams during the regular season, a $5 donation will be made to Hunger Task Force. Announcers sometime call the free throw line “the charity stripe,” that term is now literal thanks to the partnership with Johnson Controls, according to Breanna Holly, Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy.

“We’ve been participating in free throws for charities for a few years, this year we selected Hunger Task Force because it’s an organization that’s important to our employees and to our community,” she said.

The Marquette women closed out their season with a win against Butler, the men’s regular season ends March 9 against Xavier, so free throws for charity will come to an end. But according to Jonathan Hansen, Chief Strategy Officer for the Hunger Task Force, there is still a chance for everybody to get in on the action.

“March 1-10, every donation that is made to Hunger Task Force is going to be matched, dollar for dollar,” he said.

Hunger Task Force calls it “Match Madness,” and it will be featured on CBS 58 throughout the day on March 7. Coach Duffy encourages people to donate and join the team in supporting a good cause.

“Support those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from and to give resources into our community, to do it through basketball is also fun. Bringing sport and real-life issues together is real important to us here at Marquette,” Duffy said.


Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. The organization’s core values are Dignity, Justice, Equity, Compassion and Stewardship. Hunger Task Force feeds people today by providing healthy and culturally appropriate food to hungry children, families and seniors in the community absolutely free of charge. Hunger Task Force also works to end future hunger by advocating for strong public policies and nutrition programs at the local, state and federal level.