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Hoops with a heart: Sunday basketball game to feature toy drive for foster children

The WVU Tech men's basketball team, dressed in their gold uniforms, stand together alongside coaches for a photo. They're standing on the court. one player is seated and playfully kicking his feet out towards the camera.

This Sunday, the WVU Tech's men's basketball team will tip off against Central Methodist University at 1:00 p.m. in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center - but the play will last a lot longer than a single game.

That's because Sunday's game will also feature a toy drive to benefit kids in foster care in Raleigh County. 

"Working alongside One Voice, we realized that there are many foster care children who won't receive gifts this holiday season without this effort," said Laura Lucas, AmeriCorps VISTA at WVU Tech.

Attendees who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive free admission to the game. The drive is requesting toys for newborns all the way up to teenagers.

"This is an opportunity for us to connect with the greater community to help support local children this holiday season. That's what this season is all about," said Lucas.

Becky Brouse, Sports Information Director at WVU Tech, said the game is a great time for the local community to catch up with the Golden Bears, who are ranked #11 in the nation (NAIA Division II).

"Turnout for games this season has been great. We're seeing a lot of high-energy local support. Sunday's game is going to be one our fans shouldn't miss," she said. 

"Our squad is in the middle of a very successful season, and this is a chance for fans both old and new to enjoy a home game while having an impact on the local community," said Brouse.