WILMINGTON, N.C. – Student-athletes at UNC Wilmington will honor the memory of those lost in the 9-11 tragedy by conducting a “Remember The Troops” collection drive on the opening day of the UNCW/Courtyard By Marriott Classic this Friday, Sept. 11.

Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) are asking fans to bring non-perishable items to the game. The items will be boxed and mailed to troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cash donations will also be accepted to purchase additional supplies and offset shipping costs.

Fans are encouraged to bring items such as magazines, single drink mixes, foot powder, deodorant (gel), disposable razors, toothpaste/brush, bar soap, hand sanitizers, wipes, music/dvd’s, gum/hard candy, beef jerky, individually wrapped snacks, mechanical pencils/pads, power bars/granola bars, nuts, socks and sun block/aloe.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. For additional information, contact Rodney Young, SAAC advisor, at 910-962-4179.