Harry Whitt leads Saluki Basketball Toy Drive

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    Dec. 6, 2011

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University men's basketball team announced Tuesday it is conducting a Saluki Basketball Toy Drive to benefit disadvantaged children during this holiday season.

    Saluki fans who bring a new or gently used toy to the Saluki Athletics ticket office during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will receive a $5 off coupon for a Saluki Basketball ticket. An additional drop-off box will be located at the administrative offices of Lingle Hall.

    Freshman center Harry Whitt is spearheading the toy drive effort. He and teammate Josh Swan made an appearance on WSIL TV-3 this morning to announce the campaign.

    "The community has warmly welcomed me in the short time I've been here, and this is a way to give back," said Whitt. "No one gets to where they are without being given an opportunity or a little help. Just giving a kid a toy can help spark their imagination, which is really important."

    Toys will be provided to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program for distribution. Whitt said the goal is to gather 500 toys.



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