Dec. 18, 2006
AUBURN - The Auburn men's basketball team helped spread holiday cheer as it went to visit the second grade class at Smiths Station Elementary School Monday. With final exams over, the Tigers read books, sang Christmas carols and signed autographs for the children.
"It was a lot of fun," said sophomore Quantez Robertson, who is leading the SEC with 5.73 assists per game while averaging . "It took me back to when I was a little kid and seeing older kids coming to read to us. The kids had a great time. We took pictures and all of the players and managers went. We even sang Christmas songs with them and signed autographs."
The team left campus at 7:30 am and returned prior to gonig through a two-hour practice at 11 am in preparation for the Tennessee State game Tuesday at 7 pm Central in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers will visit East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika thursday to pass out Christmas toys.
"This time of the year is very difficult for a basketball player because we are here and not in school," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "It is just a great time before the elementary schools get out for Christmas for our kids to go out. We have a little bit more time to spend with some of these kids and to read to them. We like to do that. This is just a perfect time to do it.
Tickets to Auburn's remaining pre-conference games are $5 each for Tuesday's Tennessee State game, the Dec. 22 Texas A&M game and the Dec. 30 Charleston Southern game. Single-game and mini-pack Auburn men's basketball tickets for eight Southeastern Conference games are on sale now. Prices range from $15 to $20 for single-game tickets depending on the game. The four-game mini-packages are $50 each.
The Orange pack includes the Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State games. The Blue pack includes the Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss games. Fans who purchase both mini-packages will receive a commemorative Auburn Basketball DVD.
To purchase tickets, please call 1-800-AUB-1957, ext. 1, or (334) 844-4040. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the ticket office, located on the second level of Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers play their SEC opener Jan. 6 against Vanderbilt in Auburn at 5:30 pm Central.