The SIAC teams up with Toyota Green Initiative for Community Service Day

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Toyota Green Initiative Serve will team up for a “Military, Public and Community Service Day” on March 3.

The 2016 SIAC basketball tournament kicks off at the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Sunday, Feb, 28.

Games begin on Monday with the championship game on Saturday, March 5 with the women’s title game at 4 p.m. and the men’s game at 7 p.m.

The tournament will include Kid’s Day on Monday; Family Day on Tuesday; Senior’s Day on Wednesday and Military, Public and Community Service Day on Thursday.

Community service will include participation from the Village Creek Society and could include securing recycling partners to donate supplies for a recycling program. Other activities will include enhancing their community garden and planting trees.

“Our commitment to environmental progress extends throughout HBCU campuses and African-American cultural events” said Jim Colon, vice president of African-American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. “We are deeply committed to the message of preserving our communities and making sure African-American position themselves as leaders in sustainability lifestyles.”

Colon said Birmingham is special to the company. “We came here three years ago for the Magic City Classic and have established some great relationships with organizations and leaders who are really making a difference for the communities here,” he said. “We want to continue to forge partnerships and inspire environmentally-friendly living, which is why we are so looking forward to getting hands on at the A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club.”

Toyota developed the Toyota Green Initiative in 2008 as an environmental stewardship platform to educate students, alumni, and surrounding communities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).