Salukis participate in Secret Santa program for foster children

    Freshman Carlie Corrigan and sophomore Azia Washington help shop for Christmas gifts.

    Freshman Carlie Corrigan and sophomore Azia Washington help shop for Christmas gifts.
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    Dec. 18, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Saluki women's basketball team recently went shopping for Christmas gifts for foster children as part of a Secret Santa program.

    Student-athletes and coaches went shopping at the Carbondale Walmart for 13 foster children under the care of Christian Social Services in Carterville. The Saluki women's staff approached Christian Social Services with the idea of helping out with its Secret Santa program, and players and coaches alike were eager to help spread holiday cheer.

    "Our players understand that we are the fortunate ones to be in a position to give back to the community," said SIU Associate Head Coach Andrea Gorski. "Many of our players talked about how they wished they could see the smile on the child's face as they open his or her present."

    "Shopping for those kids was an amazing experience," said freshman Carlie Corrigan. "Being able to help make someone's Christmas better is what the holiday season is all about, and doing it as a team makes it all the more fun."

    The children the Salukis went shopping for also received tickets to this Friday's (Dec. 20) game against Chicago State, and will offer an autograph session following the game. Tipoff between the Salukis (2-6) and Cougars (1-8) is set for 6:05 p.m.