Dec. 18, 2013
HOUSTON--- The University of Houston men and women's basketball programs took a break from the hardwood and jumped into the holiday spirit Wednesday morning, as the two teams joined forces to purchase various toys and gifts for underprivileged kids across the Houston area.
The gifts will go towards the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree program, which is a nationally recognized holiday toy drive that helps provide holiday presents for children across the United States, including the city of Houston and surrounding areas.
"It's really important for us to remember what this time of year is really about," said head women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan. "This is a special time of year that everyone deserves to be a part of. We're just happy to know that we'll be improving someone's holiday this year."
"As we celebrate the holiday season, it's always important to remember those who are less fortunate," said head men's basketball coach James Dickey. "Our players and coaches are so lucky to receive so many blessings every day. We are pleased to have the opportunity to brighten the holiday season for others."
For information on how to donate this holiday season please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
The women's basketball team returns to action this Friday when it takes on Rice at 1:00 p.m. CT at Tudor Fieldhouse, while the men will also play Rice this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT inside the Toyota Center.