Men's Basketball Spreads Holiday Cheer to Local Families
Ronnie Johnson and the Boilermakers took time to give back to the greater Lafayette community on Wednesday with an outing at Meijer in conjunction with Lafayette Family Services.

Dec. 19, 2012

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A common sentiment during the holiday season is that it's a time for giving, and the Purdue men's basketball team took that notion to heart on Wednesday evening. The Boilermakers teamed with Lafayette Family Services to give 15 local families a holiday shopping spree at Meijer on State Road 26.

In a unanimous vote, each team member pledged a portion of his holiday break per diem for the Meijer outing, and combined with donations from Meijer and the Fast Breakers of Lafayette, each family received $300 in Meijer gift cards with which to make their holiday wishes a reality.

"It's important to give back to our community, because as basketball players at Purdue, we have things that some other people don't," freshman guard Rapheal Davis said. "Something like this can just brighten people's lives, and for some people, a good holiday season makes their year. Giving back is one of the most important things you can do as a Division I student-athlete."

Each member of the Boilermakers was paired with a family for the shopping excursion. The trip was the second in as many years for the Purdue men's basketball team, as last year's outing was held at Target in Lafayette.

The Boilers will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, when they host William & Mary at 2 p.m. ET in their final contest before opening Big Ten play.




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