Nov. 8, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's basketball team has been busy preparing for the upcoming 2011-12 season but the Aggies have also been making contributions off the court as well.
Several Aggies recently visited Anderson Elementary School in Dixon as part of "Red Ribbon Week".UC Davis players also helped spread Halloween cheer in downtown Davis last week, handing out candy and Aggie stickers to enthusiastic fans.
New Aggie head coach Jim Les said community involvement is an important part of UC Davis' program.
"We appreciate the support our community provides our team and feel it's important that we give back," said Les. "The players enjoyed speaking with the kids at Anderson Elementary and also interacting with Aggie fans in our local downtown area."
Eddie Miller, Ryan Silva, Alex Tiffin and Paolo Mancasola represented the Aggies at Anderson Elementary, helping take part in "Red Ribbon Week" which focuses on drug prevention and education with children. It takes place annually each October.
The Aggie players spoke about decision-making, choices and their personal experiences. More than 450 students were in attendance at the event.
UC Davis continued its outreach on Halloween day as several players interacted with Aggie fans of all ages by spreading sweet treats and smiles throughout the downtown area.
The Aggies are currently getting ready for their season opener on Friday when they take on Southern Utah in the first round of the Basketball Traveler's Classic at San Diego State.