December 6, 2010

FIRST-EVER “SHOP WITH THE RAMS” GOES OFF AS A BIG SUCCESS

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RICHMOND, Va. – The college basketball season lasts five months. Throughout that stretch, teams are pushed to the limit and go through a wide range of emotions.

That's a big reason why the Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball program enjoyed Sunday afternoon so much as the Black & Gold enjoyed the first-ever "Shop with the Rams" at Target at Libbie Place.

Members of the VCU basketball program joined 24 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Richmond to enjoy an afternoon of spreading the holiday cheer.

"During the season, it's easy to get stressed out with the rigors we all go through," senior point guard Joey Rodriguez said. "For us to come out and do something like this as the VCU basketball family, it really makes us appreciate how blessed we are. It's great to spend time with these kids, they're awesome."

The day began as Head Coach Shaka Smart picked up the group at the Boys & Girls Club and gave them an exclusive tour of the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

While the children toured the Rams' home, the team assembled at Target and greeted the group with a red carpet entrance. Each child was paired with a member of the VCU basketball family and given a $100 gift card.

"This is just a terrific opportunity for us as the VCU basketball family to give back to the community that really supports us so much," Smart said. "It's really a special, special day for us."

After getting basketball, skateboards, clothes, video games, Barbies, NERF guns and much much more, the children sat down to enjoy some food and good times with the Black & Gold.

A dance contest between freshman Rob Brandenberg and one of the kids capped off a great day with lots of laughs.

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