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Utah State basketball: 'Hope for Haiti' to collect donations during games

LOGAN — Utah State University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), along with approximately 50 current student-athletes, will collect donations for the victims of the Haiti earthquake during both of USU's basketball games today in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

USU's student-athletes will collect money before, during and after both games today when the Aggie women host Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m., and when the Aggie men host Nevada at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Tables will also be set up on the concourse where donations can be made throughout the day.

"Utah State's Hope for Haiti is the collaboration efforts of all student groups and organizations on campus," said USU Student Body President Tyler Tolson. "Rather than donating to Haiti in diverse ways, we decided we could make a greater impact by focusing our contributions on three specific charities in two orphanages and the Hope for Haiti Foundation.

"We have set a goal of $20,000 that we feel is achievable, especially with the help of community members at the basketball games this weekend. We have set a goal to raise $10,000 at the games alone."

"This terrible disaster has to be front and center in the hearts and minds of Americans and we should all be thinking of how to help," football student-athlete and USU SAAC President Nnamdi Gwacham said. "We collectively want to do our part as students and members of this great community to help those in need."

SAAC serves as the voice of Utah State student-athletes. The committee is comprised of student-athletes from each sport whose role is to create a unified voice to promote communication between all student-athletes, athletics administration, USU faculty and staff, the Western Athletic Conference and the NCAA. One of the main goals of SAAC is to reach out to the community through volunteer work of all sorts. SAAC is also responsible for educating student-athletes on legislative issues and strives to create and foster a network of athlete-to-athlete support and provide leadership and learning opportunities for its members.