Dec. 21, 2006
AUBURN - The Auburn men's basketball team took time out from its preparations for Friday's 7 pm home game against No. 13 Texas A&M to deliver Christmas toys to children in the East Alabama Medical Center Thursday.
The Tigers spent an hour in the hospital spreading Christmas cheer and singing Christmas carols to patients, their families and nurses. The Auburn coaching staff also passed out many Texas A&M tickets to hospital personnel for Friday's game.
"It was great to see the smile on the kids' faces when we came into the room and passed out Christmas presents," Korvotney Barber said. "We bond a lot as a team doing community service like this. It makes it all worthwhile to see the kids smile."
Auburn visited the second graders at Smiths Station Elementary School Tuesday and read books, sang Christmas carols and signed autographs for the children prior to visiting EAMC Thursday.
"It felt good dropping off some toys for the kids," Quantez Robertson said. "Some of them are going home soon so they will be able to play with the games, the t-shirts and basketballs that we gave them. They seemed to really like the autograph pictures as well. It felt good coming out here to show some support to the kids with the basketball team."
Tickets to Auburn's remaining pre-conference games are $5 each for Friday's Texas A&M game and the Dec. 30 Charleston Southern game.