Albany Captains and Leaders organize ‘Jam the Gym’ 

Bring your pop tabs and sign up for prizes Friday, Jan. 27 at the Albany Area High School gym in Albany.

That’s when the Albany High School Captains and Leaders host the annual “Jam the Gym” night for the Ronald McDonald House Charitable Foundation.

Emily McLachlan, Kendall Buerman, Audrey Rieland and Raelynn Hennen are chairing this year’s event, which dates back over 25 years.

The event is sponsored by the high school’s Captains and Leaders group.

“People are asked to come in and bring their pop tabs,” Hennen said. “They will get their names put in a drawing for a bunch of prizes from local businesses.”

For several weeks, Captains and Leaders members have been collecting donations, either merchandise or cash, for the drawing, which will take place during halftime of the second game that night when the boys take on Osakis at 7:15 p.m. The boys follow the girls who will play Pierz starting at 5:45 p.m. 

Rieland said it “will be a full night” of work for the Captains and Leaders as they will set up before the games, collect pop tabs, conduct the drawing and hand out prizes.

While the Captains and Leaders organize “Jam the Gym,” the whole school supports the effort by collecting pop tabs for that night.

“All elementary and middle school kids are aware of it,” said McLachlan, one of 35 Captains and Leaders members.

The group is made up of students nominated by coaches and advisors from various high school teams and organizations.

According to the Ronald McDonald House website, their mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.  

“We believe when families are together, they cope better. We believe no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone,” the website stated. 

“Jam the Gym” night will help support that.