Gators to face JU in exhibition game for hurricane relief

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Florida guard KeVaughn Allen (5) laughs with other players during media day for the men's basketball program at the basketball practice facility on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

The Florida men’s basketball team will visit Jacksonville University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 for a charity exhibition game to raise funds for hurricane relief.

The game will be played at JU’s Swisher Gym, and proceeds will go to the First Coast Irma Relief Fund through the United Way.

“We’ve seen the news coverage and heard stories of all the people affected by the weather damage around our state, so we’re glad to be able to take part in this event and appreciate Jacksonville University’s willingness to host the Gators to benefit a great cause,” UF coach Mike White said.

General admission tickets will be available beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday on JUTickets.com.

Fans can also donate to the First Coast Relief Fund at the door and online through the United Way of Northeast Florida. The NCAA has provided a waiver for teams to play an additional exhibition game this preseason to help schools raise money for various hurricane-related charities.