Ray Giacoletti led the Utes to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004-05.
Nov. 3, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball program and non-profit group Eye Care 4 Kids will be teaming up for a special event for two dozen Salt Lake school kids on Friday.
The kids will be given free eye screenings and receive a pair of glasses thanks to generous donations. The screening will take place at the Plaza Hotel at 122 West Temple at 10 a.m. Ute head coach Ray Giacoletti, assistant coach Marty Wilson and sophomore guard Johnnie Bryant will be taking part in the event.
"Many of these children will come to this screening with eyesight poorer than 20/40," said Giacoletti. "For me and the team to offer emotional support is essential to the children's understanding of how important they are, not only to their school classes and families, but to our diverse and growing community."
"Eye Care 4 Kids Foundation was built on the premise that no child, irrespective of their home financial situation, should go without the opportunity to have much-needed glasses," said Joseph Carbone, Eye Care 4 Kids Executive Director. "For many of these children, this opportunity may represent the first time they've been able to clearly see a school blackboard, read a book or, in some cases, see leaves on trees. We are incredibly pleased to offer this opportunity to the children."
According to state statistics, there are over 9,000 documented children along the Wasatch Front who do not receive proper vision care because first, they can't afford it and second, they are not aware of available services. Eye Care For Kids Foundation, a non-profit (501C-3) organization, is committed to providing high-quality eye care and vision education. Eye Care for Kids Foundation will grow to serve more than 5,000 children from Ogden to Provo annually.