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Dear Colleague Letters

November 20, 2012

Dear Old Dominion Community,

Over the next four weeks, we have an opportunity to help those in need through our participation in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic Food Drive.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has challenged four participating schools - Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, George Mason University and University of Richmond - to collect as much in food and cash donations as possible to benefit Virginia's food banks. The governor has enlisted the four university presidents as co-chairs in the food drive, and has asked each institution to show its school spirit through giving.

The food drive will be held in conjunction with the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic, an annual match of four of the top in-state basketball teams at the Richmond Coliseum.

From now through Dec. 15, food and cash donations made by the Old Dominion community will be tracked and counted by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Our competitors - both on and off the court -- will be the University of Virginia. The school that collects the most donations will be honored by the Governor between the games at the Dec. 22 Holiday Hoops Classic.

Participants can drop off non-perishable food items at the following on-campus locations: the residence halls, Webb Center, Rollins Hall, Batten Arts and Letters Building, University Village Bookstore, Student Recreation Center, Alumni Center, Gornto building, and ODU's Virginia Beach, Peninsula and Tri-Cities higher education centers. Participants wishing to drop off food directly with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia should ask that the donation be added to the ODU Holiday Hoops food drive. Monetary donations can be made online here.

I'm confident that the tradition of service and generosity of the Old Dominion University community will pull us through to victory.

As the late John Wooden, the great UCLA coach, was fond of saying: "Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You'll be surprised at the results."

Thank you, and go Monarchs!


John R. Broderick