Men's Basketball Team Visits The Healing Place
Oct. 23, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. - The NC State men's basketball team took time from its preseason preparations to visit The Healing Place, a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility for the homeless, on Saturday.
The Wolfpack squad, along with head coach Mark Gottfried, stopped by the 279-bed facility at the request of former NC State standout Chris Corchiani for its second annual Hoops for the Healing Place event. A two-time All-American, Corchiani became involved with the center after touring the facility two years ago.
"It's a privilege for our players to be here," said Gottfried said to Healing Place clients and those in attendance. "Just like you root for us, we're pulling for you and you have our support."
Of those who go to The Healing Place for treatment, 70 percent of them leave the peer-to-peer facility clean and sober.
"We put on this event to raise awareness," Corchiani said. "Having the NC State men's basketball team here is a boost for it."
Saturday's visit marks the second consecutive year that the NC State men's basketball team has participated in the event.