All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree

The head coaches of the four major sports at the University of Miami - Larry Coker (football), Perry Clark (men's basketball), Fern Labati (women's basketball) and Jim Morris (baseball) - joined with former UM and NFL star Lamar Thomas to make the holiday season very special for 50 at-risk youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami on Monday.

The celebrities participated in a "Holiday Shopping Spree For Kids" at the All Sports store located on the UM campus. Smiles were the order of the day as the children's faces lit up like a Christmas tree when they were escorted into the store by their heroes. Thanks to contributions from All Sports customers and private donors, each child was given $100 to shop in the store. State Representative Julio Robaina (R-Coral Gables) was also on hand to help the kids shop.

The children were also treated to food provided by Dan Marino's Town Tavern, The Big Cheese and Miami Wings and were entertained by the Hurricanes' mascot, Ibis.

"This is just a testament to the type of individuals the University of Miami has as head coaches," said All Sports General Manager Harry Rothwell. "They are always willing to give back to the community. Larry Coker is preparing for the national championship and just got back from a recruiting trip to Alabama today. Perry Clark just got back from a road trip with his team. Fern Labati has a game tonight. And Jim Morris is trying to get ready for the start of the season.

"Yet, along with Lamar, each one of them took the time to come here to be with the kids. We owe them a great debt of thanks. We also want to thank all of our customers and private donors who cared enough to help us raise $5,000 for this important project. Without them, many of these kids would not have gotten presents this holiday season. At All Sports, we're just happy to be a part of this great day and we hope to do it again for more kids next year."

Jeff Greene of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Hank Cline Unit, was extremely grateful that his kids got the opportunity to have a happy holiday. "I'm just overwhelmed by this whole thing," he said. "The coaches and Lamar are just unbelievable. To make such a special effort to get here means so much to the kids. It reaffirms my belief that there is truly a 'spirit of the season'."

All Sports and also contributions from its customers funded the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree program. Donations will continue to be accepted during the holiday season at the Coral Gables store or by calling 305-661-9011.


Children from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami are thrilled with their UM merchandise thanks to the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids. Thanks to contributions from All Sports customers and private donors, each child was given $100 to shop in the store.


Children from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami are thrilled with their UM merchandise thanks to the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids. Thanks to contributions from All Sports customers and private donors, each child was given $100 to shop in the store.


All Sports General Manager Harry Rothwell is joined by UM Women's Basketball Head Coach Ferne Labati, State Representative Julio Robaina (R-District #117), Head Baseball Coach Jim Morris, former UM and NFL star Lamar Thomas and Head Basketball Coach Perry Clark for the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids that benefited 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club-Hank Cline Unit of Miami. Thanks to contributions from All Sports customers and private donors, each child was given $100 to shop in the store. The children were also treated to food provided by Dan Marino's Town Tavern, The Big Cheese and Miami Wings and were entertained by the Hurricanes' mascot, Ibis.


Florida State Representative Julio Robaina (Santa hat) with UM Head Coaches Perry Clark (Basketball), Jim Morris (Baseball) and Larry Coker (Football) at the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids event that benefited 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club-Hank Cline Unit. Each child received $100 from contributions from All Sports and its customers to shop at the store.


UM Head Football Coach Larry Coker and children from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami are all smiles during the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids. Coker is preparing his team for the national championship and was able to stop by All Sports in Coral Gables to assist the kids with their shopping spree.


All Sports GM Harry and Sebastian the IBIS with UM Head Coaches Perry Clark (Basketball), Jim Morris (Baseball) and Larry Coker (Football) at the All Sports Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids event that benefited 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club-Hank Cline Unit of Miami.

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