The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is reviving a fan-favorite tradition with the return of the original Toy Toss. Set to take place at the Stubblefield Center on Tuesday, Nov.21, the nearly 15-year-old activity returns thanks to head men’s basketball coach Zane Gibson and Student Activities and Civic Engagement coordinator Dyllan Newell.
At 4:30 p.m., Newell and the Numa Nation registered student organization will host a Toy Toss Tail Gate with food, games, and a lively toy toss contest to crown the fan with the most impressive throw. All are welcome to attend the tailgate before the women’s game.
Action on the court will begin with the women’s basketball team facing off against local rivals Arkansas Tech at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s basketball team taking on Ecclesia College at 7:30 p.m. Fans will receive free admission to both games with their new or gently used plush toy.
All toys collected from the event will be donated to the Fort Smith Salvation Army, Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Fort Smith. Local schools also are invited to join in the charitable spirit, with a traveling trophy going to the school that amasses the most toys ahead of the game.
The United Way of Fort Smith Area will also be partnering with the university to collect toys from local businesses for the event. “This event gifts a little Christmas cheer to the families in need within our community,” said Reagan Newell, UWFSA community impact coordinator. “The university is a wonderful partner the United Way of Fort Smith Area and its partner agencies with staff, faculty, and students who have a passion for giving back. Together we can truly make a positive impact in our community.”
Those unable to attend the game may leave toys at the following locations:
- Carnall Elementary School
- Harvest Time Academy
- Bonneville Elementary School
- Southside High School Spanish Honors Society
- UAFS Office of Campus & Community Engagement
- Arvest Tower