HOUSTON, Texas - At the start of the final exam period, Rice University men's basketball took a break from its studies to host the first "Shopping with the Owls" event on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Rice players, coaches and staff took a group of 27 children, ages 6-12, selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Houston shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.
After an introduction of the team by head coach Mike Rhoades, each player and staff member paired up with a child to spend a $100 gift card at Target. The group then shared a pizza party and enjoyed taking a look at what each participating child bought for themselves and their loved ones.
The Owls focus on finals for the next several days before returning to action against St. Thomas on Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.