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04/24/08 - Tyler

UT Tyler Student Organizes Big Give

Hayley Smith, senior psychology major at The University of Texas at Tyler, has organized UT Tyler's Big Give to provide students a chance to give back to their community.

The fundraiser will be April 29 - May 1 and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, Boys and Girls Club and Youth and Family Enrichment Centers, Inc.

UT Tyler student-athletes, led by their respective coaches, will have three days to solicit donations and multiply them before they give to the non-profit organizations.

The event is open to all UT Tyler students and employees, as well as members of the community.

UT Tyler campus participants can sign up in the Office of Student Development, which is in the University Center, room 111. Community members can sign up at Sweet Gourmet, located at 4554 South Broadway.

Smith was inspired by a television show in which people compete to give the most to strangers in creative ways.

"I was really captivated by the thought of people competing to give and realizing how one person really can make a difference. Then I thought why not bring it to UT Tyler and start a domino effect in universities across the nation. As college students, we're all struggling and have no money, but we can show the world how much we can raise and what a difference we can each make in our own communities," Smith said.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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