PIKEVILLE – For the second consecutive year, the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team is leading an effort to collect supplies for those in need.
At its games this weekend, the Bears will offer free admission to three basketball games to anyone who brings a child’s blanket or a new stuffed animal to the games. After they’ve been collected, members of the team will take the items to Judi’s Place for Kids, which helps those who suffer from child abuse.
The home games are as follows: Dec. 7 vs. Morris College at 7 p.m.; Dec. 8 vs. Virginia Intermont College at 2 p.m.
Both games will be played at the UPIKE Gym.
“We are very pleased to be able to contribute in some way to Judi’s Place,” said Bill Watson, who is in his 16th season as head coach of the women’s basketball team. “It is our hope that someday these organizations will not be necessary, but we hope to be able to brighten the Christmas season of these children with the help of our community.”
“This is exactly the types of things we need our student-athletes involved in,” said Dr. Reginald Overton, director of athletics at UPIKE. “We need to show them that there will always be those in their communities who need a little boost and there’s always a way to help meet those needs. I’m proud of the team and coaching staff for stepping up and helping Judi’s Place.”
Judi’s Place for Kids is located at 128 South College Street in Pikeville.