HOUSTON -- It was a special day inside the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility on Friday morning as the University of Houston Men's Basketball program hosted about 50 local high school students in a Special Olympics event.
Special-needs students from Yates, Wheatley, Furr, Milby and Chavez high schools arrived on campus Friday to work with Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, his coaches and student-athletes on basketball drills.
After being divided into smaller groups around the facility's practice court, the students worked with Cougar coaches and student-athletes in a variety of basketball activities.
"Every time we do this, we leave here a little more blessed and thankful for what we have," Sampson said. "There is also a feeling of giving back to someone and making their day a little better."
With the conclusion of the event, everyone headed to the second level of the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility for a pizza party to cap the day.
Community-service events like this have been a regular part of the Cougars' schedules during Sampson's tenure. During the last three years, Houston has served Thanksgiving meals to Star of Hope Mission residents, read to local elementary schools and played basketball with special needs students.
The Cougars return to action at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to Rhode Island inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the first of four straight home games for Houston during the next two weeks.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they meet Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Dec. 17), Liberty (Dec. 21) and Harvard (Dec. 23) inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans will have plenty of fun during Saturday's game against Rhode Island. The first 500 University of Houston students with valid ID will receive a FREE For The City t-shirt.
With the Christmas season upon us, fans can cheer on the Cougars and make a difference in a young child's life. Fans who bring and donate a teddy bear to Saturday's game will receive a FREE ticket.
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
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Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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