NEW YORK – Columbia Basketball will organize a Toys for Tots drive to take place during Friday's evening session of the 2008 Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic.

On Friday, the Columbia women will take on LIU at 6 p.m. and the Columbia men follow in the nightcap vs. Bryant, slated to begin at 8 p.m. or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.

Fans will have the opportunity to drop off unwrapped or unused toys before and during the game. There will also be a collection box for cash donations.

All proceeds from the event will go to the St. Francis Youth Center in the South Bronx. Please join the Columbia Athletics Department in its effort to help Toys for Tots deliver a toy to every under privileged child during the upcoming holiday season!

Tickets are available online for the 2008 Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic and all men's and women's home games at Levien Gym this season. Fans wishing to purchase tickets may also call the Columbia ticket office at 888-LIONS-11.