K-State football spends Christmas giving back

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PHOENIX (KAKE) -

The Kansas State Wildcats are in Phoenix, Arizona awaiting Tuesday's Cactus Bowl matchup with UCLA. On Christmas day, the eve of the Cactus Bowl, the 'Cats spent time helping out the Arizona Salvation Army.

Players and coaches served meals, played with kids and signed autographs in an effort to leave a positive impression on the community. If you ask the players, it may have been those they served that left the biggest mark.

"It was a little four year old I was coloring with, his name was Angelo, he was a really cool kid." senior linebacker Trent Tanking said. "We were rolling dice and playing catch back and forth, I kinda felt bad because he asked if I was coming back and I said, 'I wish I could, but you know I can't.' But kids like that stick with you."

The Cactus Bowl kicks off Tuesday at 8 p.m. Central. You can catch all the action on ESPN.

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