Meeting for the 185th time, the Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho men’s basketball teams will battle next Tuesday in the 6th annual United Heritage Tip-Off Series, highlighted by a toy-drive partnership with the Salvation Army of Nampa and Caldwell.
Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the game, with all donations to be delivered to both the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army posts.
“Our partnership with United Heritage, KTVB, and the Salvation Army gives both institutions a great opportunity to give during this holiday season,” commented NNU athletic director Rich Sanders. “We encourage everyone to bring a toy to the game on Tuesday and help support the needs of our communities.”
United Heritage Financial Group has been the presenting sponsor of the Tip-Off since 2004 and has partnered with KTVB to televise the games live each year. The opening game of the 2009 United Heritage Tip-Off was played on November 10th in Caldwell and featured a canned food drive that also benefitted the Salvation Army.
General admission and reserved seat tickets are available by calling the NNU athletic office at 467-8876 or the College of Idaho athletic office at 459-5835. Prices are set at $10 for reserved seats, $6 for general admission, $5 for Seniors (55 and up), and $4 for students.
The longest-running sports rivalry in the state of Idaho, the Coyotes defeated the Crusaders 79-72 in Caldwell before a standing-room only crowd at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center on November 10th. The rivalry dates back to 1934 and the C of I holds a 112-72 all-time series lead on the Crusaders.