NACOGDOCHES, Texas – As has been the tradition during the holiday season for years, the Stephen F. Austin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) once again teamed up with the Toys for Tots organization to provide a joyous holiday season for individuals and families around the Nacogdoches area.The Lumberjacks’ SAAC coordinated toy drives during the SFA’s Nov. 15 home football game against Northwestern State, the Dec. 1 women’s basketball game against Wiley College and the Dec. 7 men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech.In addition to the toys collected during the three drives, various Stephen F. Austin student-athletes also donated toys during their team Christmas parties. Those offerings were added to the haul collected from SFA’s three games.Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “I’m not leaving UST unless it’s UST that doesn’t want me anymore,” said Ayo in Filipino after the Growling Tigers lost to Ateneo, 86-79, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball Finals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I was aware of that (rumors) but all I can say is I love UST so much, I love the community. The reason why I transferred to UST is because I want to achieve personal growth and I got that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAyo has been with three teams in the past five years starting with a lone season with Letran where he led the Knights to the NCAA title in 2015.From Letran, Ayo then moved to De La Salle and led the Green Archers to two finals appearances and a championship in his first year in the UAAP in 2016. Rice industry paralysis For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy Ravena blazes own trail toward UAAP greatness View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue UST head coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Aldin Ayo is here to stay.Ayo on Wednesday quickly squashed rumors that he is on his way out as University of Santo Tomas head coach.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ After losing to Ateneo in the 2017 finals, Ayo moved back to his Dominican roots, transferring to UST and led the rebuilding Growling Tigers to the championship round before bowing to Ateneo, which became the first UAAP team to complete a 16-0 sweep.“I learned a lot when I transferred to UST, not just in basketball but in life,” said Ayo who studied Philosophy for college in Letran, UST’s sister school in the Dominican order.“The way the priests treat us, the community, the students, and the alumni, that’s the first time I got that kind of support.”ADVERTISEMENT