Men's Basketball participates in holiday tradition

Ben Aird

Dec. 24, 2013

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OREM, Utah - As has become tradition, the Utah Valley University men’s basketball team spread some holiday cheer, singing Christmas carols again this season at senior centers around Orem.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, the team visited both the Seville and the Orchard Park Care Center and entertained residents at both homes.

“All the residents enjoy and look forward to the basketball team caroling every year,” said Linda, events coordinator at the Seville. “They love to see the big guys sing and be funny. It’s a good thing to do in the community, to be in touch with the seniors.”

‘The residents love having groups come and sing to them,” said Orchard Park program coordinator Sarah. “It’s so fun to have a local university reach out and sing carols to the residents. It was a lot of fun and a great time to do it around the holidays!”

Residents of each home were also happy to welcome the Wolverines.

“It was great. My favorite song was ‘White Christmas. They sang so well and it meant a lot to us. They were fun,” said Seville resident Mary.

Beth, a 92-year-old resident at the Seville said her favorite song was, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They sing with so much passion and have such fun doing it!”

Peggy, of Orchard Park said, “It’s wonderful that the players want to come. The residents appreciate it and it was fun to watch. You can tell that both the players and the residents enjoyed it and had such fun.”

It was awesome,” said Orchard Park husband and wife Dave and Carrie. “We love to have athletes getting out into the community. Having the players get out of their comfort zone and sing was really fun. Out of all the groups that have come in to sing or do activities, this stood out from all the other groups. Our favorite song was ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”