Nov. 2, 2011
In conjunction with this weekend's homecoming festivities, Rice University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be holding its third annual food drive. Members of the advisory committee will be collecting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations at Saturday's football game against UTEP as well as other events during the coming week.
In addition to collecting food items to help feed Houston's hungry this holiday season, the advisory committee will be accepting monetary donations payable to The United Way.
This is the third year SAAC has taken part in the food drive which is part of a Conference USA initiative. Last year conference athletes collected 40,100 pounds of food donated to various charities across the country through the C-USA Changing Lives Program.
Rice student-athletes have collected 9,009 pounds of food in the previous two years they participated in the program.
This year, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Rice will run its food drive through November 12th.
Other events in which food items and donations will be accepted include the Nov. 5-6 volleyball matches against East Carolina as well as the Nov. 11 match against Tulsa. In addition, student-athletes will be collecting donations at the men's basketball home opener against New Orleans on Nov. 12.
Donations of at least 10 cans or $10 will entitle donors to a free ticket to one of three Rice athletic events:
1. Men's Basketball vs. New Orleans (Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.)
2. Women's Volleyball vs. SMU (Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.)
3. Women's Baksetball vs. Houston Baptist (Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.)
Rice faculty and staff monetary donations can be used as the suggested yearly contribution to the United Way. Faculty and staff should submit their donations through Suzanne Boué in the Rice athletic department. All checks should be made payable to The United Way and can be mailed to:
Rice Fights Hunger
Attn: Suzanne Boué
6100 Main Street, MS-548
Houston, TX 77005