Women's Basketball to Visit Hospital, Deliver Crimson & Blue Product for 14th-Straight Year

Dec. 13, 2006


For the 14th consecutive year, the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Kansas women’s basketball team will brighten the holidays of patients at LawrenceMemorialHospital. Coaches and team members will visit the hospital Monday, December 18, and distribute items collected during the “Crimson & Blue Holiday Project”. Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson and her staff will lead the team through the hospital.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

During the visit the team will give patients a variety of KU-licensed product, including tee shirts, playing cards, pennants and team posters. KU’s Trademark Licensing Office collects the items from officially licensed vendors, who donate the product for this event each year. This year the licensees donated over 1200 items with a retail value of over $13,000, according to Paul Vander Tuig, KU’s Trademark Licensing Director.

“The project and the visit to LMH is always a day I look forward to,” Vander Tuig said. “It has become a great way for Kansas Athletics and the University to give something back to our community. Just to see the patients smile as they visit with Coach and the team makes it all worthwhile.”

The visit is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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