Nov. 17, 2003

Coral Gables, Fla. (hurricanesports.com) - Members of the University of Miami men's basketball team as well as several student-athletes from the Hurricanes' football, women's rowing, women's track, women's volleyball, men's tennis and women's soccer programs will hand out Thanksgiving dinners to six Miami-area organizations prior to the start of the women's basketball exhibition game versus The Tournament of Champions tonight at the Convocation Center.

The six Miami-area organizations scheduled to pick up dinners are: Children & Families, Ronald McDonald House, Gladstone Center, Florida Baptist Home, Universal Truth Center, and Child Hope.

The organizations will be arriving at 6 p.m. The various teams will distribute 75 full dinners, donated by Sysco Food Services of South Florida. This Thanksgiving will mark the eighth consecutive year that University of Miami Athletic Department and its student-athletes have reached out to the community during the holidays.

The women's basketball exhibition game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The University of Miami men's basketball team opens its 2003-04 season on Friday, November 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center against Lubbock Christian as part of the Las Vegas Tournament.

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