PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 19: Kevin Ollie head coach of the Connecticut Huskies yells against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Petersen Events Center on January 19, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
On Monday, three days before Thanksgiving, coach Kevin Ollie and his team brought food to residents of St. Elizabeth House, a transitional living program for the homeless located just a few blocks from the XL Center.
"We're just trying to put some hope in some people's lives," Ollie said, via the Hartford Courant. "Give them a happy Thanksgiving and put a smile on their faces. I see my guys smiling and interacting. You think you're giving a gift, but you're getting the gift when you give away like this."
According to the Courant, players not only bring food but help prepare and serve meals.
"This is what they come to UConn for, it's not just basketball, it's a community," Ollie continued. "Hartford is one of the places I picked because of the poverty level here -- 32 percent, and 44 percent among children. That's bad. We need to make a difference, we need to make a change."
The Huskies, up to 13th in the polls, face Loyola (Md.) Tuesday before a five-day break before they host Florida.