Shabazz Napier (left) and Omar Calhoun help distribute meals.
Dec. 18, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. --- UConn men’s basketball Coach Kevin Ollie, members of his staff, and the UConn players joined Hall of Fame former Coach Jim Calhoun to distribute some 1,000 holiday meals to needy families at two locations in Hartford Tuesday night.
Continuing a tradition that began in 1999, the Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive took place at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church and at Pope Park Recreation Center, where the Huskies handed out turkeys and all the fixings to area families. In 14 years, the event has donated more than $1.8 million to families in need.
“Tough economic times have made life difficult for too many families across Connecticut,” Calhoun said. “I want to thank the generous folks at ShopRite, (the law firm of) RisCassi and Davis, and Omar Coffee for helping the Calhoun family make the holidays a little better for those less fortunate.”
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation and the City of Hartford Department of Health & Human Services joined Calhoun and his corporate partners to help organize the event and distribute the meals.
“We’re blessed to be a blessing to others,” Ollie said about the Huskies. “These are ways to teach that it’s not all about basketball, it’s not all about themselves. I want them to judge us not by wins or losses, but by how these young men leave the university --- as better people.”
The Huskies, coming off a victory Monday night against Maryland Eastern Shore that upped their record to 8-2, return to action Friday night against Fordham, beginning at 7 p.m. at the XL Center.