UNCG raises nearly $5,000 for FOX8 Gifts for Kids
GREENSBORO, N.C.—UNCG Athletics raised nearly $5,000 during its annual participation in the FOX8 Gifts for Kids program, which concluded last week.
The final total, which more than doubled what Athletics raised last year, includes nearly $2,900 in cash. Over $1,500 in gifts were also donated during the two-week campaign.
"I am ecstatic about the success of this year's Gifts for Kids collection," said UNCG Student-Athlete Advisory Committee co-President Matt Younts. "Our student-athletes worked hard, and it is a privilege to have the community that supports us, also support families in the Triad."
Donated items came from student-athletes, the Spartan Club, and the university and Greensboro communities. The gifts and cash will be presented to the Salvation Army.
"UNCG's participation was student-athlete led and they received contributions from the University and Greensboro community," said Assistant Athletic Director for Student Welfare Kwadjo Steele. "That is an important formula for success."
FOX8 Gifts for Kids began 22 years ago, and UNCG has been a significant part of the program for over 15 years. Recent events in the economy have increased the number of families in need. In 2010, FOX8 Gifts for Kids helped the Salvation Army serve more than 20,000 children in the Piedmont Area Christmas.