Zags Go All Out in the Community During the Holidays
Dec. 23, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Making a difference in the community is at the core Gonzaga University's mission, and over the last few years, Gonzaga student-athletes and staff have continued to raise the bar for themselves and push to do even more with each passing semester.

And when it comes to giving back, there's nothing like the holiday season to get in the spirit. In addition to events throughout the fall, the Zags have really stepped up during the holidays to partner with Catholic Charities and make a huge difference in the community.

After a fall that was filled with events, the Zags took to the holiday season of giving with a student-athlete developed and led initiative called Zags Against Razors. Similar to the nationally-known No Shave November movement, male student-athletes and staff not only put away their razors to raise awareness for men's health but contributed to a collection of men's health toiletries for donation to Catholic Charities. The result was 1,735 items that included razors, deodorant, shampoo, soap and toothbrushes.

Next, the Gonzaga student-athletes turned to help from the community, and more specifically from GU basketball fans at the games. First up was a food drive during the men's game on Nov. 18, resulting in 518 lbs. of non-perishables from fans coming through the door. Following the food drive, Gonzaga student-athletes hosted a warm clothing drive that received an even more overwhelming response. Fans who came to the women's basketball game on Dec. 8 against Washington State donated 3,076 items, which will all go to Catholic Charities and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

As the Christmas season approached, GU student-athletes and athletics staff continued their annual tradition of adopting families through Catholic Charities Christmas Blessings program. Student-athletes adopted six families and athletics staff adopted five families, resulting in over 300 gifts, which will provide for a joyful holiday.

Overall, GU student-athletes have completed 2,171 hours of community outreach during the fall semesters.



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