Community Service throughout the California Community College Athletic Association
Men's Soccer Player Josh Popke Wins OEC Character Champion Award
Men's soccer player Josh Popke has become the latest Irvine Valley student athlete to receive the Orange Empire Conference Character Champion Award.
His current cumulative GPA is 3.85.
Popke has also given his time outside of the college.
Beginning in high school, he has made frequent trips to Atria, a senior-citizens home located in Irvine where he spent time conversing with the elderly and entertaining them with his pianistic abilities.
At 15, he co-founded a group that met every week over the summer to feed the homeless population in Santa Ana. During the winter months, he co-established a group that freely delivered and stacked firewood for families that lacked proper indoor heating systems.
In college, despite the workloads of soccer, debate and honors status as a student, Popke continued to volunteer for community service events such as harvesting food through organizations like "Loaves and Fishes x10" to supply low-income families with fruits and vegetables, as well as continuing to use his ability on the piano to play for organizations like the Orange County Rescue Mission. Full Story
Sacramento City College athletes participate in community service events throughout the year Aside from being athletes and students, some of the men and women that attend City College and participating with their athletic programs, take part in community service by helping others who are in need. Jerry Turner, a member of the City College track team, and a psychology major, says he enjoys helping and taking care of others. He says what he enjoyed most was helping the elderu, because they didn’t ask for anything but time. He says they also returned some knowledge to him. Full Story
Redwoods Softball "Strikes out Cancer"
On Wednesday, March 27, the College of the Redwoods softball team donned pink uniforms to take on their rivals Shasta College in the first-ever "Strike Out Cancer" doubleheader. Pink was the color of the day with both teams featuring the color loudly on their uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from the game went to the Redwoods Relay for Life Team which supports the American Cancer Society.
Redwoods Student Athletes and Coaches Read at Loleta Elementary "Dr. Seuss" Day
CR coaches and student athletes made the short trip to Loleta Elementary School to participate in the school's second annual celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Coaches and student athletes from football, men's basketball and track read to rooms filled with eager students in the kindergarten through eighth-grade, then headed outside for some sports and activities with the children.
CCC Basketball Surpasses $100,000 Mark in Donations
Three years ago the California Community College Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Associations began a Statewide effort in collecting donations for the American Cancer Society. At each of the past three CCCAA Basketball State Championships they have made their annual donations, with this year's being $42,000 and counting. With this substantial donation, the coaches have surpassed $100,000 in total donations to ACS over their three year effort. Press Release
Renegades Enter Post Season With Flair
"The event was a complete success", said Chris Warden, Athletic Director. "The energy in the gym that day was palapble. It began with a great live rendition of the National Anthem from our very own Ohlone Saxophone ensemble, honoring our Ohlone Sophomore athletes, recognizeing our Ohlone Board of Trustees, and supporting the fight against Cancer. "I'm very much looking forward to continuing this tradition for years to come." Members of the Ohlone Board of Trustees, and College President Dr. Gari Browning, were present for both games.
While many Citrus College students spend their weekend recuperating from the long week of school or working on homework assignments, one Citrus College student-athlete chose to spend her time away from campus in a different way. Sophomore swimmer and cross country runner Michelle Lopez spent her weekend last month donating her time, supplies, and some food to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Full Story
Placer United Visits for a Walk-Out
The Placer United under 8 ladies team was invited out to the Sierra vs. Diablo Valley soccer game to walk-out with the team beginning the game. The ladies had a great time with the Sierra College women's soccer team which hopefully left a lasting impression on the young ladies.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
On June 10th the first annual, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk at East Los Angles College was held. American Cancer Society put on this event with the help of the city of Monterey Pack and the East Los Angeles College football team. The event was a big success as the American Cancer Society was able to collect over $27,000 and had about 600 people attend the walk. Also, leading up to the event the East Los Angeles college Football team also worked with the city of Monterey Park fire department to organize an event to raise more money to help women with breast cancer. The football players spread the word by passing out flyers and by selling items such as clothes, food and accessories at this event.
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East Los Angeles Football Cleans Up
The East Los Angeles College Football Huskies joined the Monterey Park Community in a, “Clean Up Day” which was based on Saturday May 12th 2012 located at the Garvey Ranch Park. They joined the neighbors and local businesses of the city of Monterey Park in “Sprucing Up” their hometown. More than 40 East Los Angeles College Football Players volunteered in beautifying the city of Monterey Park. The Huskies did a lot of painting, pulling weeds, and planting landscape at the old Historical Observatory Museum. It had been years since the city had a cleanup day for the Historical Observatory. The Huskies did an incredible job in making their city of Monterey Park look beautiful. The city of Monterey Park was very thankful for the help the East Los Angeles College Football team did.
The first PC Volleyball Skills Camp – a five-day program spread over the last two weeks – gave 80 girls a chance to learn fundamentals and techniques from one of the best junior college volleyball programs in the state. Full Story
Pink was the color of the day for the double-dual meet between City
College of San Francisco, College of San Mateo (CSM), and Foothill College women’s swim teams at CCSF on Friday, as all three teams competed in honor of breast cancer awareness. Full Story
CCC Basketball Makes Charitable Donation
The men's and women's California Community College Basketball Coaches' Associations made a generous donation to the American Cancer Society at the Basketball State Championships. A check was presented in between championship games, in the amount of $25,000. Over a two year span they have reached a $50,000 total donated to the ACS. Press Release
Redwoods Student Athletes and Coaches Read at Loleta Elementary "Dr. Seuss" Day
CR coaches and student athletes took time from their busy schedules to head over to neighboring Loleta Elementary School on Friday, March 2 to participate in the school's first-ever celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Coaches Justin Mora, Tino Romero, Barry Mendenhall and Daniel Rios stressed the importance of reading, literacy and education during the talks with various classes. Coaches and student athletes read Dr. Seuss books to rooms filled with eager students in the kindergarten through eighth-grade
Thanks to the following student athletes for their participation: Allie Wipf (basketball), Aubrey Reed (football), Matt Buchman (football), James Slade (football and basketball), Jalen Coney (basketball), Cameron Coy (football) and Brannon Johnson (basketball).
Sierra Women's Basketball Teams Up With The Salvation Army
On December 15th the Sierra College Women’s Basketball team joined forces with the Salvation Army to help with Toy Sorting at Cal Expo which was the first stage of preparing the donated toys from the community. The players sorted toys for kids ages 0-11 and by gender. The next step was for each volunteer to get a large bag that had the name and age of the kids in that family that had requested assistance. The team had a great experience and are looking forward to helping again next year. In total, 2,000 bags were filled with toys for local kids. Sophomore Alyssa Emeterio shared her thoughts on the experience saying, “it felt really good to give back to those in need during the holidays” and freshman Dakota McLarnan said “it was the highlight of my holiday season”.
They followed up their Toy Sorting volunteer day by signing up to volunteer on December 22nd to hand out the Toy Bags and Christmas food boxes to the families that drove through the distribution site at Cal Expo. The Salvation Army calls this the Distribution day and more than 150 volunteers are needed to make this run smoothly. This day consisted of being runners – those who would get a tag from the family that drove up and run into the building to grab the corresponding toy bag and then run it back out to their car. Once the families received their toys, they then drove through the food box distribution area. The Sierra players did a great job of making sure the families received what they needed and they did it with a smile on their face. Sophomore Kayla Patton recounted her experience stating, “it made me realize that I am fortunate to be in position to come out and help those in need. I had no idea that so many families struggle during this time of year. I hope our program comes back each year because it is a very rewarding experience for a student-athlete.”
With the holiday season in full swing, and families across the greater Los Angeles region in need of help, it was time for the Citrus College Men’s Basketball team to step-up and do their part. The Owls teamed up with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and helped package food that will go out to thousands of needy people this holiday season. Full Story
CCCFCA/CCCAA Annual Gift Dropoff The California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) completed their annual holiday gift giving to help bring a little holiday cheer to an age group that sometimes goes unnoticed - teenagers. Following the completion of the 2011 California Community College Athletic Association Football State Championship, the CCCAA CEO and President delivered gift certificates, small electronics and sporting goods to this year's recipient, Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco for distribution. (www.larkinstreetyouth.org)
The CCCFCA and CCCAA would like to extend special thanks to the San Mateo County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Wilson Sporting Goods for their support and generosity.
Pictured from left to right are Jamie Fountain, Manager of Larkin Street Workforce Development, Jessie Backer, Volunteer Coordinator, AmericaCorps VISTA Larkin Street and Carlyle Carter, CCCAA CEO and President
Ventura women's soccer coach Steve Hoffman said he started the Score for the Cure program in 1999 because of people he knows who have been affected by a loved one's breast cancer.
A $2,514.86 check from CSUCI Student Leadership programs and the Student Programming Board and a $5,100 check — from the efforts of female soccer players at Ventura College and Concordia College in Irvine and Buena, Pacifica and Camarillo high schools — were presented to the hospital. Mary Nishimura of the hospital said the money will be used to help local women get early diagnosis and treatment. Full Story
CRC at the Chips for Kids Toy Drive
The Cosumnes River College softball team volunteered at the 13th annual Chips for Kids toy drive at the Cal Expo in Sacramento over the Holiday season. The team brought toys and helped out along with the California Highway Patrol at this wonderful event. The toys will be delivered to hospitalized and disadvantaged children just in time for the holidays.
Softball Hornets Give Back
As part of a way to give back to the larger community the Fullerton College Softball team spent the better part of the day Sunday, October 30th, giving back to the community.
Spearheaded by co-head coach Marian Mendoza, the softball team partnered with Word of Life, Family Fellowship, to give under-privileged children the opportunity to experience Harvest Fest. The team organized 10 carnival style booths of face painting, pumpkin carving, fishing for candy, cookie decorating, etc. to 125 young children.
Pastor Nati and Teresa Alvarado of Word of Life wanted to give kids an alternative to feel like they won't miss out on anything, especially this time of year. The Halloween Harvest Fest encouraged all families to share a message to continue to move forward and to remain hopeful.
PastorTeresa Nati, said it best "I am rich but I am not rich. I am richer today because of people like Marian and her team that are willing to come out here today and share with young people that otherwise would not have the opportunity."
It was an incredible opportunity for the FC softball team, and they are very grateful for the experience.
Fullerton College student-athletes assume the responsibility of being young role models in many ways, and especially in their surrounding campus community.
Think Pink - The Taft College volleyball team has sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness on our campus since 1998. This all began when Kalei Teves, our ASB President and Captain of our volleyball team in 1998 was looking for a service project and a way to give back to our community. Little did she know that it would catch on so quickly and would create a tradition on our campus. During the Breast Cancer Awareness Week, tables are set out on campus sharing valuable in-formation about cancer research, education, screening and the treatment of the disease. We have had speakers come from the American Cancer Society. Donations are taken, raffles and prizes are distributed and at the end of the week, there is al-ways a finale. In 1998 the campaign theme was Lee National Denim Day. The campus was decorated with pink ribbons and clotheslines of denim jeans. On that day, you had to donate $5 to Breast Cancer Awareness for the right to wear denim to work. Lee Jeans also donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Other themes have been Paint the Town Pink, which prompted decorating with pink paint cans all over our campus, Pretty in Pink, Think Pink and then for this year, “Fight Like a Girl”. Each year the volleyball team decorated the gym with pink ribbons and bal-loons and collects donations as a price of admission to the game. Because of our ef-forts, in 2007 the Central Valley Conference Volleyball coaches decided to designate a date that all of our conference teams would host a Breast Cancer Awareness night. That is now an ongoing tradition. Full Story
Vaqueros Team Up With Gwendolyn Strong Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Football has a new community outreach campaign called The Vaquero Honorary Captain Program. This year they are celebrating examples of strength, courage and spirit by honoring and raising awareness for individuals and/or groups. This past Saturday Gwendolyn Strong served as honorary captain during their game against Moorpark. Gwendolyn, who is almost four years old, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the #1 genetic killer of babies. SMA is degenerative and fatal. Most people with SMA do not live past two years old. For more information on this disease, visit ENDSMA.org.
Hornets Helping Out
Former Fullerton College football coach Gene Murphy has been an integral part of the Kathleen E. Faley Games at Cal State Fullerton since 1985.
That year, his CSUF Titan football team volunteered at the charity event for the developmentally disabled. And now, the Hornet football team proudly carries on the tradition to help make the event the biggest and successful of its kind in the nation.
Murphy, a longtime Faley board member and the organization's Man of the Year in 1998, has also been able to recruit Fullerton College staff and faculty as volunteers.
"It's by far one of the most gratifying things I've done," says Murphy.
"It's great because the event makes you sit back and get a perspective of life and see what's really important."
Current Fullerton College head coach Tim Byrnes proudly carries on what Coach Murphy began. "This is something very important to me and the FC football staff. We look forward to it every year."
This year's event marks the 20th year that Fullerton College football has volunteered. "They help set it all up on Thursday so when the kids arrive everything is ready to go. This is one of those special events where everybody wins", said Murphy.
This year, with the help of Hornet coach Jeff Jespersen, the FC football team chipped in with a record number of participating kids (1,900) and with volunteers (4,000) from over 20 local high schools and middle schools.
Vikings Are Making A Difference In The Community
It has been a productive Spring for the Vikings, both on and off the field. In the classroom, players have taken strides to build their academic foundation and work toward graduation. In the weight room, almost every lifting record was broken during Spring Testing. On the field, scheme and technique are being honed for a championship run during the 2011 campaign. Several Vikings are also, already receiving scholarship offers for the 2012 season. But one of the most important accomplishments of the Diablo Valley College Football Program, this Spring and throughout the years, has been our commitment to helping our community.
In an attempt to help renew and energize the local community, the Vikings donated their time and took a day off from their usual Springtime Wednesday routine to help in the restoration of a local foster home.
Redwoods Participates in May Day Cleanup
The College of the Redwoods Football team joined forces with the City of Eureka on Saturday as part of the city’s fifth annual Mayday Community Cleanup.
The Corsairs, who were located at the Eureka Mall on Harris Street, completed their cleanup efforts on Sunday afternoon.
“We’re excited to give back to the community that gives so generously to our football program,” said CR’s first-year head coach Tino Romero. “We’re happy to help in any way that we can." The players pulled weeds, swept, picked up garbage and ensured general cleanliness in and around the Eureka Mall.
Mt. San Antonio Softball Connecting With The Older Adult Community
Mary Lange the supervisor of the older adult program on Mt. SAC's campus and Head Softball Coach Kelly Ford have teamed up for the past 7 years to connect our older adult community and our college athletes. The Students in the Older Adult Program (OAP) have adopted a Mt. SAC Softball Player for the season. During the season the players new "grandparent" comes out the games to support and meet the current players. They bring the team gift baskets, cheer them on and offer insight on life experiences from a different perspective. In return the Mounties volunteer for the annual art show and help set up and break down for the event as well as work the art show. The Mounties have also been know to join the Older Adult Program in a pre game line dance as a salute to the OAP dance class. It has been a wonderful relationship. The OAP provides opportunities to develop and share a new vision of life's second half, to challenge the mind, acquire new skills, stay mentally and physically fit and share knowledge and experience with peers and younger people. The experience with the softball team provides exactly that.
El Camino Volleyball
The El Camino College Volleyball team working with middle school kids on their college day. The team came in and gave a short clinic, played with the kids and made a great impression with their energy and enthusiasm about college and volleyball.
Mt. SAC Cheer and Dance helping to Feed the Children
Last September, both the cheer and dance teams helped box toiletries at the non-profit, Feed The Children organization.
GWC Baseball Beach Clean Up Day
On Saturday, December 11, 2010, thirty-five members of the Golden West College Baseball Team volunteered their time to conduct a “Beach Clean-up” to raise money for their 2010-2011 season, while contributing something worthwhile to our community.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, $2075.00 was raised to help pay for uniforms, equipment and our awards banquet. With current budget cutbacks, a major source of funds comes from voluntary contributions from family, friends, and interested sponsors.
The GWC Athletic Department thanks the sponsors for making our fundraising effort a success. Your support is genuinely appreciated.
Eleven student athletes, from football, track and field and women’s basketball and softball have been visiting the Child Development Center to read aloud to the children. The athletes carefully select just the right books to bring to read; during the readings, they work hard to encourage the children to actively participate in the story reading experience, listening to their questions, encouraging them to predict what might happen next in the story and helping them to relate story and characters in the book to their own experiences. Full Story
More than 90 College of the Desert student athletes and coaches picked 12,600 pounds of fruit and donated it to Hidden Harvest in Coachella. Hidden Harvest then distributed the fruit to local charities. Full Story
Prior to the 2010-11 basketball season the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Associations initiated a project involving basketball coaches, athletic administrators, and student athletes throughout the state. The goals of this project were to bring awareness and raise funds in the fight against cancer. Full Story
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