Friday, November 19, 2010

HART and USF Team Up for the Holidays

And now...let's hear it for the starting lineup of your hometown team - the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and the USF Bulls!

With the holidays upon us, the University of South Florida Athletic Department and HART are taking the field with Feeding America and the Marines Toys for Tots with the second annual "Take HART" food and toy drive.

If you're heading out to watch the Bulls take on the Pitt Panthers tomorrow, bring along some non-perishable food items and new or slightly used toys. We'll have HART buses stationed at the north and south ends of Raymond James Stadium between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to take your donations.

We want to fill those buses!

HART's head coach, David Armijo, gave us a pep talk about the USF/HART holiday drives.

"Last year, this effort collected hundreds of pounds of food, hundreds of toys, as well as cash donations," Coach Armijo said. "This year we hope fans will once again support this great cause that will help so many during the upcoming holidays, while supporting their college football team and local public transit."

Special Kids Get a Ride to the Game
Just as we did last year, HART is bringing some special football fans to the game with us. We'll be loading up kids from Javamo's Art For Autism, many of whom will be attending their first Bulls football game.

"We're really fortunate to have such a solid relationship with HART and value their impact on the Tampa community," said USF Executive Associate Director of Athletics, Bill McGillis. "We hope to make this Food and Toy drive the staple of a late November game every year and HART is a terrific partner in this pursuit."

Join the team! Bring along your donations and cheer on your USF Bulls tomorrow!

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