Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MIT Basketball Helps Kids "Experience MIT"

(MIT Head Coach Larry Anderson brings the kids in for a team huddle)

The Men's Basketball team took part in the 2nd Annual "Experience MIT" program last week, where over 100 sixth-graders from Dorchester, MA came to campus to tour the labs and spend time with MIT varsity athletes. Organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), players from across all sports teamed up to put on a great event for their younger neighbors across town.

"We are so glad we were able to join forces with SAAC and participate in 'Experience MIT'," said Coach Anderson after a day of basketball drills, competitions, and games. "We have a great group of guys in that they are always looking to help others, and it really showed today by the smiles on all of these kids faces."

(Freshman Nick Davis teaches a 6th grader the basics of dribbling)

All in an effort to live out MIT Basketball's mission of "getting it done in the classroom, on the court, and in the community," the team continues to give back to the MIT community and abroad. Earlier in the year the squad helped organize a charity basketball tournament with proceeds supporting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, while during the season both the men's and women's teams raised over $1,000 for breast cancer awareness.