JU To Host Local Children for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 16, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University and the Otis Smith Kids Foundation have joined forces to host hundreds of local children to help celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day during the JU men's basketball game vs. Belmont on Monday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. in historic Swisher Gymnasium. Kids ages 12-and-under will receive free admission to the game, along with popcorn and beverages, and will participate with an autograph session with the JU coaches and players on the court following the game. Children will also sign a gigantic "I Have a Dream" poster to be displayed in Swisher Gymnasium and Dr. King's accomplishments will be recognized during halftime.

The Otis Smith Kids Foundation provides programs and services to disadvantaged children in Northeast Florida in the areas of education, personal development and recreation. Since its inception in 1989, the not-for-profit organization has touched the lives of thousands of area children. Founder Otis F. Smith is a Jacksonville native who played collegiately at JU from 1982-86 before spending six seasons in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic.