Virginia Tech to play Liberty in hurricane relief exhibition

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Two of Southwest Virginia's premier basketball programs will face off in an exhibition game for a good cause.

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Liberty Flames will come together to raise financial support and awareness for hurricane relief efforts on November 4 at the Vines Center at Liberty University.

Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be open to the public, as general admission tickets are being sold for $10 to the public and $5 for students. Every penny will go to the Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

Tickets are on sale now through the Liberty University Ticket Office and LibertyFlames.com. Children ages three (3) and above are required to have a ticket.

"It is honor to be able to participate in this meaningful event," Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said. "Hurricanes and their aftermaths have effected this region and this country greatly during the last few months. To be able to play an exhibition game and help people in need, is the right thing to do. Coach McKay and the Liberty University community have done a great job in helping those in need and I am glad we are able to contribute, as well. Our fans, who may not be able to attend the game, have the opportunity to give through the online link. We need all of Hokie Nation to get involved and help these people."

Virginia Tech participated in a similar game last season when they traveled to South Carolina to raise money for relief efforts. The Hokies earned an 86-83 win over the Gamecocks, in the exhibition contest.

On the day before last season's game, the Virginia Tech and South Carolina teams worked in service with Habitat for Humanity's Restore in the Columbia, South Carolina area.

"I want to thank Buzz Williams, Whit Babcock and the entire Virginia Tech Athletics department for assisting us in our efforts to help bring some hope to those affected by Hurricane Florence," Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay said. "This is a fabulous cause to take part in and have a chance to play a quality program in Virginia Tech in front of our fans is a great opportunity. This is a chance for us to make some dark days bright and we cannot thank Virginia Tech enough for partnering with us."

Donation efforts have already begun through LU Send Now, the university's quick response team for urgent disaster relief and humanitarian needs.

Liberty Faculty/Staff and 2018 Flames Club Members will be able to purchase tickets in the premium ticketed areas by logging into their ticket account online or calling the Ticket Office. Doors will open to the arena one hour prior to tipoff and tickets can be purchased here or by calling 434-582-SEAT (7328).