RIVERSIDE, Calif. - (www.lasierra.edu) NBA games may start on Christmas day, but La Sierra University is getting a jump on holiday basketball events.
The university's athletic department and alumni office, in conjunction with the Prevent Child Abuse of Riverside County and Riverside County Department of Social Services will host a Holiday Hoops charity basketball game on Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., in La Sierra's Alumni Pavilion. The basketball teams, La Sierra Alumni and La Sierra Staff, will face off in what is sure to be a hoppin' competition.
The La Sierra Golden Eagles men's basketball team developed the event to benefit disadvantaged children from the region who will be in attendance. Santa will make an entrance and be available for pictures, and each child will receive a Christmas present. Golden Eagles student athletes, acting as Santa's helpers, will interact with the children. Area firefighters will arrive on their fire truck, and food, candy, raffles and prizes will be offered.
Organizers request adult attendees bring a small, unwrapped toy for distribution to Riverside area disadvantaged youth. Toy donations can also be made by contacting the La Sierra University Athletic Department at 951-785-2295.