UWG Athletics wants to give back to those in need throughout the Carrollton community this holiday season.
A Can-a-Thon was held throughout the month of November, with UWG Athletics collecting canned goods from fans at basketball games at the Coliseum and at the Nov. 17 NCAA football playoff game at University Stadium.
The Alumni Association’s annual Toy Drive will be held in December. At three home games for men and women’s basketball, fans are encouraged to bring toy donations that will be given to needy families with children around the community for the holiday season. Both canned foods and toy donations are accepted, with UWG Athletics excited to give back to those in need once again during the holidays.
“UWG Athletics has a long-standing tradition of partnering with the Carrollton and West Georgia community to help those in need around the holiday season,” said Matt Cooke, Assistant Athletic Director for Events, Marketing and Media Services. “The canned goods are delivered by student-athletes to various charitable organizations around Carrollton, giving them a chance to build rapport with the community and to build a sense of community service within athletics.”
Fans can bring a canned food item and use it as admission into each basketball game during November and December. The canned foods will be placed under the Christmas tree in the Coliseum lobby and dispensed to families around Carrollton by the end of the month.
“Any non-perishable food is accepted. Unwrapped toys for children of all ages are needed and gratefully accepted,” said Cooke. “We ask that at each game in the month of December, our fans bring an unwrapped toy to bring joy to a child in need during the holiday season.”
Upon arrival, fans should visit guest services to drop off all donations. Dec. 19 is the last day UWG Athletics will be receiving donations for the toy drive to allow enough time for distribution to families before the holidays.
“Although we don’t have specific goal or donation level for these events, every donation helps UWG Athletics to bring a little more joy to families in need in the Carrollton area during the holiday season,” said Cooke.