Ollie, Huskies spread Christmas cheer in Hartford

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HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie and the Huskies will be spreading some Christmas cheer on Saturday when they host Kevin Ollie’s Christmas For Hartford’s Children in the city’s Blue Hills neighborhood.

The event will take place at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club on Nahum Drive, where some 75 families, including about 200 people, will gather on Saturday afternoon. Coach Ollie and a few of his players will visit with two families who live near the club, bringing the joy of the holidays into their homes, while the rest of the team and staff head for the Boys & Girls Club.

Some team members will conduct numerous basketball activities for the older children, while other Huskies participate in arts and crafts with younger children. Then the team will reunite to listen to Coach Ollie address the parents and children. That will be followed by a pizza party for everybody, including gifts for the Hartford children and an autograph session with the Huskies.

UConn will play Duke Thursday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and will entertain Columbia on Monday at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

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