TU basketball participates in Operation School Bell

Friday, January 11, 2013

Student-athletes volunteer with Assistance League of Tulsa to provide children with new clothes

Members of The University of Tulsa men’s basketball team helped local elementary students select new clothes Friday, Jan. 11, during Operation School Bell, a program administered by Assistance League of Tulsa.

The philanthropic organization provides new clothing, hygiene products and books to more than 2,000 students in 14 area school districts each year through Operation School Bell. The annual project operates four days a week from August through January.

Operation School Bell“Our mission is to provide clothing for school children, and we’re very thankful for all of our volunteers who make that possible,” said Janet Main, president of Assistance League of Tulsa.

Supported through grants, annual fundraisers and the organization’s Bargains Resale Shop, volunteers purchase children’s clothing to distribute to deserving children. The group’s high school component also provides more than 26,000 uniform shirts to high school students.

“We see a need and make changes over the years to improve our services,” Main said.

TU students and student-athletes have a long-standing relationship with Assistance League of Tulsa. TU guard Pat Swilling said he and his teammates enjoyed shopping with a group of 40 students from Roy Clark Elementary School.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to come together as a team and help children and families in our community,” he said. “We like seeing smiles on the kids’ faces.”

For more information about Operation School Bell, visit www.altulsa.org.

Gail Banzet