LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming’s Excellence at 7220 program for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is making a major impact on its community again, by being involved with the Tots for Tots program for this holiday season.
The Toys for Tots program is a charity that brings a community together to collect new, unwrapped toys in boxes placed around local businesses and raises money to purchase new toys for underprivileged children in the community.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, SAAC partnered for the fourth year in a row, with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and their Toys for Tots program, one of SAAC’s favorite community outreach events of the year. The event was held at the Colorado State football game, where the SAAC had great results. Student-Athletes were stationed at each of the entrances to War Memorial Football Stadium, encouraging fans to donate new, unwrapped toys and/or contribute cash, which would be then used to purchase toys for underprivileged children at a later date.
The local community coordinator, Charlie Hogelin from the Wyoming Marine Corps League, really appreciated the help. “The Student Athletes did an outstanding job on Saturday,” said Hogelin. Together, they worked to raise over $4,000, including the donation of twenty-four toys, three stocking stuffers, and one book. The money will be used to buy additional toys for the children in the community.”
During the first week of December, the SAAC organization will commit a few hours to use the monies raised and go purchase toys for these tots, from local merchants. Then SAAC will actually host a carnival for underprivileged children, where the children can enjoy an afternoon with UW student-athletes, in a holiday spirit setting. The UW SAAC program works directly with the Head Start Program that provides a list of children that will be invited to the carnival. These children are then invited to interact with student athletes, play games, and of course hang out with Santa and each and every child, will be provided a gift. Student-athletes look forward to this special event and helping to bring a smile to the faces of many young children during the holiday season.