Santa Clothes A Continued Success
Dec. 9, 2009
LAS VEGAS - On December 3rd, UNLV Athletics hosted another successful annual Santa Clothes program. Teaming up with the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, student-athletes and athletic staff welcomed 306 children to UNLV for a special day. The Santa Clothes program impacts children from various local agencies, including Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA.
First, Rotary Club volunteers took the children on a shopping spree at JC Penney in Boulevard Mall to purchase winter clothes, made possible by donations. Afterwards, the children came to UNLV for some activities, lunch, and an inspirational speech. Children were greeted on UNLV's football practice facilities by over 30 student-athletes and coaches. UNLV Athletics' strength and conditioning, athletic training, and athletic equipment offices all contributed staff or necessary equipment to make the event possible.
Student-athletes led six different activity stations on the fields: soccer, freeze tag, wiffle ball, an obstacle course, football, and dance. The children rotated through the stations to play multiple games and meet all of the student-athlete volunteers. Following the outdoor fun, the children paraded into the Lied Auditorium for a donated pizza lunch.
President Dr. Neal Smatresk and Chancellor Dr. Daniel Klaich kicked off the lunch with a warm welcome to the children. Coach Lon Kruger, just back from the overtime win at Arizona the evening before, addressed the excited crowd. He spoke about the importance of listening, being a good teammate, and staying in school to be successful. Before leaving campus, the children each received their choice of a basketball, football, soccer ball, or multipurpose ball as a gift to take home.
UNLV student-athletes participate in various community outreach events throughout the year, including the Cash America/Super Pawn Rebel Reading Challenge and Nevada Reading Week in the Spring semester.