GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team will take part in a four-school men’s basketball exhibition at the Dean E. Smith Center on the campus of UNC Sunday, Nov. 5, to raise money for the governor’s North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.
The Spartans will face host North Carolina, ECU and UNCW in Chapel Hill for a four-team “jamboree” which will begin play at 3 p.m. Each school will play a total of 40 minutes, divided up in three segments against the other teams.
“We're honored Coach Williams included us in this event and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” head coach Wes Miller said. “Most importantly, it is for a tremendous cause, but it's also an opportunity for us to compete against three quality in-state programs. It is a privilege for our student-athletes to give back to our community and help those who have been impacted by these powerful storms.”
Tickets are $20 (general admission) and go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 25th. Tickets may be purchased at the UNC Athletics Ticket Office at the Williamson Athletics Center next to the Smith Center, at GoHeels.com or by calling 1-800-722-HEEL.
UNCG will also have a limited number of tickets available through its athletic ticket office. The Spartan Club Priority Point System will be used in allocating these reserved seats. Click the LINK to request reserved tickets (no more than 2). Orders must be placed by noon on October 26th. Notification regarding final ticket allocations will be communicated later in the day on the 26th.
UNCG students will have a chance to purchase a ticket for the game for $5. A limited number will be available begining Monday, October 30 at 9 a.m. at the UNCG Ticket Office. A valid UNCG ID will be required along with a secondary ID. One ticket per ID will be allowed for purchase.
UNC head coach Roy Williams:
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our universities, our basketball programs and college basketball fans to help people in need. The recent hurricanes caused so much damage. We have a unique opportunity to engage with three schools that are part of the UNC system, whose coaches also have close ties to our own program, to partner in this event. I hope fans of all four teams and people who just want to find a way to make a positive impact will come out and support this relief effort.”
ECU head coach Jeff Lebo:
“Here in eastern North Carolina we know first hand how devastating the effects of a hurricane can be and have been the benefactor of the generosity of so many in the past. We are privileged to be part of this event with the opportunity to raise money for those affected by these catastrophic storms and give back to those who unselfishly gave to our community when we were in need.”
UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath
"Coach Williams asked me if I'd be interested in playing an exhibition game for hurricane relief and I thought it was a great idea. It's a win-win situation for us and the fans. We have an opportunity to raise some money to help everyone and see some good basketball for a day. It's a small part that we can do. Their lives have been destroyed and, hopefully, the money we raise can help them get back on track. It's important for our guys to understand how we can use basketball to do something important like this."
UNCG head coach Wes Miller played at UNC from 2004-07 (his brother, Walker, is a freshman on the Tar Heel basketball team this year), ECU head coach Jeff Lebo played at UNC from 1985-89 and UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath was an assistant coach at UNC from 2003-17.
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