Xavier And Miami Men's Basketball Teams Come Together To Help Avondale Families

Plenty of smiles to go around tonight.

Plenty of smiles to go around tonight.

Nov. 19, 2013

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CINCINNATI --- Xavier and Miami will take to the hardwood at Cintas Center on Wednesday night for the 100th game in the men's basketball rivalry between the two schools. Tonight, though, the players and coaches from both teams came together and brightened the outlook for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday for some needy families in Avondale with some free turkeys. There were plenty of smiles all around tonight as a total of 100 turkeys were given out to the needy families at Gabriel's Place on Reading Road.

Tonight's event was coordinated by the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation (ACDC).  "We are humbled that these teams would come to our neighborhood and share the joy of the holiday with our families. It means the world to us and we are very grateful," said ACDC Executive Director Ozie Davis III. 

Avondale, a recent recipient of the HUD Choice Neighborhood grant, is a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance, yet poverty and unemployment rates remain high. By providing free turkeys, both men's basketball teams will be assisting families with their Thanksgiving Holiday meals. Families were selected on the basis of need by the Hirsch Recreation Center, Gabriel's Place and ACDC. They joined the teams tonight at Gabriel's Place and received free turkeys and free vouchers to return to Gabriel's place Farmer's Market on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. to complete their holiday meal. 

"We all have a lot to be thankful for," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. "This is a great opportunity for our Xavier basketball program to join forces with Miami and the ACDC to give back to our community."

Gabriel's Place is a safe, beautiful and spiritually nourishing gathering place for the Avondale community. Gabriel's Place supports the neighborhood of Avondale with fresh, healthy food and an inviting community space. It provides the Marketplace and Share a Meal program. It educates the community through its Community Kitchen and Junior Chef Institute, and teaches the community to grow its own food through the Community Garden and Hoop House.