UAB Basketball Teams Spread Christmas Cheer At Salvation Army

UAB basketball players loaded shopping carts with gifts on Wednesday.

Dec. 18, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's and women's basketball teams took time to give back to the community on Wednesday. 

Both squads spent time assisting with the Angel Tree project that is hosted by the Salvation Army. 

Players and coaches spent time loading cars with gifts, packing shopping carts, cutting down boxes and interacting with the Birmingham community. The Blazers also handed out tickets during Wednesday's event. 

"It is important, as a player, to do things like this," UAB men's basketball head coach Jerod Haase said. "I am proud of our guys for coming out here today and giving back to the community and going through this experience."

UAB players handed out 7,500 tickets - 3,750 for the Dec. 29 UAB vs. Alabama A&M men's game and 3,750 for the UAB vs. Newberry College men's contest on Jan. 4. Blazer student-athletes also gave out 7,500 vouchers for the UAB women's game against Vanderbilt on Dec. 30. 

"I think it is a great experience," Blazer women's hoops head coach Randy Norton said. "I even saw a few players get emotional, just to see the joy that we are bringing to some of these people here today."