Student-athletes host children's book drive


ON WISCONSIN <b>Men's basketball player Ben Brust visits with elementary school students</b>
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Men's basketball player Ben Brust visits with elementary school students
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Feb. 6, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host a book drive benefiting REACH A Child at the UW men's basketball game against Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

UW student-athletes will be collecting new or gently-used books and cash donations at all gate entrances. The books and donations will benefit children in crisis situations through the REACH A Child program.

The organization assists children in times of tragedy by supplying local law enforcement and emergency personnel with backpacks full of books they can hand out when they encounter a child experiencing a crisis situation.

"We are excited to partner with REACH A Child for our first-ever book drive," said SAAC Community Outreach Chair Alexis Mitchell. "The student-athletes are eager to help children affected by tragedy and promote childhood literacy!"

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each of the 23 athletic teams at UW-Madison that serve as liaisons between the student-athlete population and the coaches, administrative, NCAA, and other related entities. It aims to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

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