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UConn men's basketball spreads holiday cheer in Hartford

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The University of Connecticut men's basketball team spread some holiday cheer over weekend in a Hartford neighborhood.

Coach Kevin Ollie told Eyewitness News that it's a tradition at the Northwest Boys and Girls Club to visit families.

The event on Saturday involved 75 families, all with children ranging from age 11 and younger.

Ollie said the tradition started a couple of years ago when he brought players to homes to drop off gifts. It has since transformed into a bigger gift where the whole team spends an evening at the club.

Two families were selected by Ollie and a local law firm that teamed up to sponsor the event.

Several team members brought a fully lit tree and gifts to homes in Bowles Park.

Back at the boys and girls club, players held a basketball clinic and arts and crafts for the children.

Families left the event with a $50 gift card for Big Y, an autographed basketball and a Husky ornament.

"It's just great fun all our guys get excited," Ollie said. "You think you're getting a gift but they're giving a gift because of the joy you feel from the families, from the community. I really wanted to teach these guys a routine to give back and have a special heart."

The whole thing ended with a pizza party for the hundreds in attendance.

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