PRESS RELEASE / ST. LOUIS (Nov. 24, 2010) – In an effort to make the holiday season a happy time for as many St Louis residents as possible, world championship Mixed Martial Arts promotion Strikeforce has joined forces with “Toys For Tots”, the Marine Corps-managed, non-profit organization, to collect new, unwrapped toys for local underprivileged youth during the star-studded “Henderson vs. Babalu” event, at Scottrade Center on Saturday, December 4.
During the 10-bout event, several stations staffed by volunteers from the local Marine Corps will be set up inside Scottrade Center to collect toys from fans attending the event. Monetary donations are accepted as well.
“Everything we collect stays in St. Louis,” said Marine Corps Sergeant Gavin Lewis, who manages the “Toys For Tots” program in the Gateway City area. “It’s about local people helping local children, which is a phenomenal thing. When a company like Strikeforcepitches in, it really helps spread our reach in the community and makes it a successful drive.’
“When considering what to bring, fans should think about what would make their own child, niece or nephew happy.”
“Any time we can use one of our events as a vehicle to help with the needs of others, we’re more than happy to do it,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “St. Louis is a city that Strikeforce has become attached to since last year and being able to give back to the community is a very rewarding feeling.”
Scheduled for the St. Louis event, headlining former champions Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral ace off to determine the organization’s top light heavyweight contender, stand-up savvy Paul Daley and Scott Smith are set exchange blows, and striker Robbie Lawler will test his hard-hitting style against renowned grappler Matt Lindland. It can be seen live on Showtime starting at 10:00 PM EST.