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Men's Basketball Welcomes Special Students to Campus

Nov. 10, 2014

HOUSTON - With their season opener just a few days away, University of Houston Men's Basketball coaches and student-athletes took a break to spend the morning with special students from around Houston ISD on Monday morning inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars welcomed more than 50 special needs middle school students to a Special Olympics Basketball Camp in a collaboration between Houston Men's Basketball, HISD Special Education and Houston/Texas Special Olympics.

"I looked forward to this day. We will hold this event as long as I am the basketball coach at the University of Houston. This is a life lesson, and it's important that our players are here and have an opportunity to do this," head coach Kelvin Sampson said. "This is a chance to give back and be grateful to God for the gifts he gives. We are all God's children, and we are here to help each other, and that's why this day is so important. The University of Houston Men's Basketball program is proud and thankful for the opportunity to be here today and to help these kids."

Students from Sharpstown International, Clifton Middle School, Johnston Middle School, Dowling Middle School, Lanier Middle School and Westbriar Middle School attended Monday's event.

Houston coaches and student-athletes taught station work and fundamental drills for the students at six stations across Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion. After spending eight minutes at a station, the groups rotated and learned another facet of the game.

If the smiles, laughter and dancing were any indications, both sets of students - Houston ISD and University of Houston Men's Basketball players - enjoyed themselves tremendously throughout the camp.

"It's amazing to see the smiles on these kids' faces. They are so enthusiastic and such great kids. They play so hard, and it brings joy to your heart," senior forward Mikhail McLean said. "When you see the look in their eyes every time they make a bucket or get to dribble the ball, it just shows how much sports can bring people together."

Following the camp, Cougars and students took a group photo and enjoyed a pizza lunch in the seats in Hofheinz Pavilion. As the students filed out to return to school, each of them left with a special Houston Cougars basketball and 2014-15 team poster.


UP NEXT
The Cougars open the 2014-15 regular season when they travel to face Murray State at 7 p.m., Friday, in Murray, Ky. It will be the first time the Cougars have faced the Racers on the hardwood since 1955.

From there, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to open their home schedule against Morgan State on Saturday, Nov. 22. That game time has not yet been determined and will be announced after the game time for Houston Football's home finale against Tulsa has been released.

Houston opened the Sampson Era in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon with a 108-83 win against North Alabama inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars drained 17 3-pointers, which would have ranked fourth in school single-game history, with six student-athletes scoring in double digits, led by junior guard Jherrod Stiggers' and sophomore forward Danrad Knowles' 20 points apiece.

BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

In 2014-15, the Cougars will play host to 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Under new Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's leadership, the Cougars will play host in showdowns against defending NCAA national champion UConn, defending American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, SMU, Memphis, Rice and more.

Eight teams on Houston's schedule - UConn (32), Cincinnati (27), Harvard (27), SMU (27), Memphis (24), Murray State (23), Boise State (21) and Tulsa (21) - won at least 20 games a year ago with five of those - UConn, Harvard, Memphis, Cincinnati and Tulsa - competing in the NCAA Tournament.

To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

SEASON TICKETS
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

Fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

MINI PLANS
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

GROUP TICKETS
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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