WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW men’s basketball program will continue its long tradition of supporting the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots foundation by providing discounted ticket prices for Sunday’s game with Manhattan.

        As part of the promotion, fans that bring a new, unwrapped toy may purchase a $5 ticket to the non-conference game with the Jaspers at 2 p.m. Manhattan is one of the favorites in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this season.

        Major William L. Hendricks of the United States Marine Corps Reserve initiated Toys for Tots in 1947. The Marine Corps adopted the program the following year and turned it into a nationwide campaign.

        The mission is to collect toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distribute them to needy children in the community. The objective is to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s children.

        “This is our 65th year of serving children in all 50 states,” said Michael Gautier, coordinator for the Cape Fear Region, which encompasses New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties. “Last year, we collected more than 20,000 toys for 6,553 children in the area. The faculty, students, and all Seahawk fans are a key part of our campaign and Toys for Tots appreciates their contributions.”

        Fans can bring their toys to Trask Coliseum, where representatives from Toys for Tots will collect the items. Monetary donations will also be accepted at that time.