BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's basketball teams continued their annual community service projects during the month of December. The men's team for the 28th straight year visited children and families in the Boston Medical Center, while the women's team for the 13th straight year participated in the Helping Hands Campaign for Kids program.
For the men's team they handed out gifts and talked with children and their families. Bobby Beacon also made the trip to the BMC and gave everyone a chance to smile and have some fun during the holiday season. The Beacons handed out a variety of toys including basketballs, Barbie's, and board games.
The women's team with the help of the UMass Boston Office of Special Events partnered with the Hyde Park Department of Children and Families to provide gifts and good will to 60 children from the local community. Also helping out in the special holiday event, which took place in the UMass Boston Campus Center were members of the UMB women's ice hockey, volleyball, soccer, and track and field teams. The Beacons spent the day playing games with the children and their families until the arrival of Santa Clause. After Santa arrived the Beacons helped to hand out gifts and closed out the afternoon by having a nice holiday lunch.