Rams take kids on shopping spree

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  You've heard of Black Friday.  Well this was more like Black & Gold Sunday.  Members of the VCU basketball team and coaching staff took a group of 24 disadvantaged kids on a $100 shopping spree at the Target in Libbie Place.

The local kids were picked up at the Boys & Girls Club in the afternoon and then taken in to the department store.  After meeting with VCU coach Shaka Smart, each kid was paired off with a player, a coach, or another school representative and then they could spend the money however they wanted to.  Some bought Christmas gifts for loved ones - others bought gifts for themselves.

VCU senior guard Brandon Rozzell spent much of his time walking through Barbie aisles and helping his partner look at princess dresses.  Maybe not his cup of tea, but he still had a good time.

"I've always wanted to do something like this," said Rozzell. "You see guys in the NBA doing good things, and it feels great to do it myself."

VCU is next in action Wednesday at home against VMI.  They travel to play the Richmond Spiders next weekend.

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