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    Dec. 30, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team recently participated in The Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program. The Flames collected toys, non-perishable food and other essentials for a local family in need.

    Redshirt senior center Katie Hannemann participated in the program with UIC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) the past two years. Hannemann asked the players and coaches if they would be interested in participating this year.

    The Flames decided as a group to participate in the “Adopt-A-Family” program instead of exchanging gifts amongst the squad. A Salvation Army representative selected a family that consists of a single mother who has four young children and is pregnant with her fifth child.

    The coaches purchased educational toys for the children and collected non-perishable foods to donate. The players bought the essentials for the family, which included coats, boots, hats, gloves, clothes, pillows and blankets.

    The players and coaches wrapped the gifts and Hannemann delivered all the presents to The Salvation Army station on Dec. 23. Hannemann met the mother on her trip to the station and said “she was extremely appreciative.”

    According to Hannemann, the mother is planning on attending a future game at the UIC Pavilion. The players and coaches are excited to meet the entire family.