Community Service Throughout the CCCAA

CCCAA and CCCFCA Donate to ABC7 Spark of Love Toy Drive

At halftime of the 2016 CCCAA Football State Championship the CCCFCA representatives

Mark Gritton and Matt Collins along with the CCCAA presented the Fullerton Fire Department

Battalion Chief - Rich Zeller, Engineer - Scott Vandelinder, and Firefighter - Alex Hicks with

a $800.00 check to help the cause and ensure more Southern California children enjoy

a Merry Christmas.

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ELAC Football Raises Awareness of DMD

   At the football game, East Los Angeles Coaching Staff wore patches

  on their sleeves to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


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Cuyamaca Volleyball Volunteers at U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

The Cuyamaca women's volleyball team volunteered at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, held on the "B" street pier in downtown San Diego from September 2 to September 5th.

Members of the volleyball team covered multiple shifts throughout Labor Day weekend to help make the event a success.

"The Cuyamaca College volleyball program did a fantastic job at the Sand Sculpture Event," said Joyce Summers, who is heavily involved in downtown San Diego projects. "It is neat to see college student-athletes making a difference in the San Diego Community."

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Vaqueros help out with “Moveathon” at Washington Elementary

The SBCC women's volleyball team spent a day at Washington Elementary last week and helped out with the school's "Moveathon" program.

"We gave back to all the kids in K through 6th grade," said assistant coach Lisa Gera. "It was a really fun event promoting health and wellness. Our players did a great job of motivating and coaching the kids.

"One of our goals at Santa Barbara City College is to serve the local community and it's always nice when we can give back and serve our youth."

Vaqueros hold clinic at Ventura school

The SBCC women's basketball team conducted community outreach when it visited College Heights Christian School in Ventura.

"Our players helped organize a basketball clinic for the kindergarten classes teaching the basic fundamentals of basketball such as shooting, defense, passing and stretching," said assistant coach Melissa Gutierrez, whose son Gavin attends the school. "The clinic lasted one hour and all 27 kids enjoyed it. My players did such a great job with engaging with the children, being energetic and enthusiastic.

"They also developed each activity/drill within the fundamental stations which was great for me as a coach to see their leadership skills and for them to take action."

Gutierrez said the teachers were very grateful for the visit and were impressed with how professional and fun the Vaqueros were.

"They even mentioned to me how it was great to see young girls that aren't usually active, take part in the clinic," Gutierrez added. "At the end of the clinic, each child got an SBCC folder, pencil and sticker tattoo (they were super excited)."

Sierra College Women's Basketball Keeps Busy In December

The new semester began this week, but for the members of the Sierra College women’s basketball team, memories of a December break spent focused on charity and giving back – in addition to playing in three tournaments - will last long after finals week.

Head coach Brandie Murrish, since taking over the Wolverine program in 2006, has established a winter break tradition of volunteering and spreading good cheer among those less fortunate than her and her players.

“It is important to me to show the good things community college students do in their community,” Murrish said at a recent practice. “Our players logged more than ten hours each serving families and kids of all ages, in addition to heavy practices and playing in major out-of-town tournaments.”

The Wolverines, currently ranked fourth in northern California and in first place in the rugged Big 8 conference, spent an amazing December 17 helping hundreds of Sacramento-area families and dozens of youth basketball players from Rocklin.

The day began at the Salvation Army’s Toys For Tots at Cal Expo, where Sierra players sorted and filled 300 bags in three hours. Returning to Rocklin, the players held a free skills clinic for more than 75 girls from the Rocklin Youth Basketball League – after an intense two-hour practice preparing for the ultra-competitive City College of San Francisco Holiday Classic.

Barbara Keomany, a freshman point guard from West Campus high school in Sacramento, has a personal perspective on the need to give back. “I didn’t ever have a real Christmas growing up. Santa never came to my house. Everyone should have the opportunity for a real Christmas.” 

Sophomore guard Ashlyn Monk felt helping out was the highlight of her entire Christmas break. “It was so good to help out people less fortunate than us,” she said. “The look in their eyes, they way they broke down crying in their cars.”

The free skills clinic has also become a Murrish tradition, one that makes as big an impact on her players as it does on the future Wolverines in attendance. “It was so cool to interact with all the kids,” said freshman forward Karla McCommas. “It made me think differently about myself and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to play sports.”

The players returned to Cal Expo on a rainy December 21 to hand out food boxes and, Murrish said, “good cheer.” The importance of giving back was profound for sophomore guard Lexi Price.

“Coach Murrish teaches us that everything is not handed to us, that we have to work hard in order to be in the best possible position,” Price said. “It is important to give back because we are so blessed and not everyone is as fortunate.”

Keomany summed it up succinctly when she unknowingly paraphrased a former president. “It’s not always what your community can do for you, but what you can do for your community.”



On October 30, San Diego City College men’s volleyball head coach hosted the first Rotaract meeting. The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

The goals of Rotaract are: 
1.) To develop professional and leadership skills. 
2.) To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations. 
3.) To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world. 
4.) To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs 
5.) To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.

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The Moorpark College Women’s soccer team has made an effort to make an impact in the community this season, and they do it with a soccer ball and smiles.

Targeting the youth, and involving themselves with local an A.Y.S.O group every Thursday, the Lady Raiders enjoy coaching the game they love to a group of young girls who are learning the game themselves. Along the way, the energetic and gregarious bunch of Lady Raiders have made some great friendships.

Women’s soccer head coach Miguel Ruiz has led his team to a successful 9-2-7 overall record, and 6-0-3 record in conference thus far. But his goal to build a winning soccer team is secondary to the primary objective of building great young ladies.

“As a coach I am very proud of our team taking the time to be role models to these young girls,” Ruiz said. “We will continue to reach out to the community to show that Moorpark College is a great place to be, and that we have great people here.”

Their last match is on the road against Oxnard on Nov. 13.


Vaqueros serve as coaches for SB Pony Baseball

Santa Barbara City College showed its support for local youth baseball on Sunday, Nov. 8 by offering tips and instruction.

12 Vaquero baseball players and coaches helped coach two games for the Santa Barbara Pony Baseball League.






SDCC Knights Take Time To Give Back To The Community

During the fall semester, the San Diego City College men’s volleyball team has been actively involved in the community. The Knights have volunteered at Stand Down, Holes for Heros Golf Tournament, the Downtown Sand Castle Event, The Lucky Duck Foundation Golf Tournament and a country benefit concert for creating first impressions.

Head Coach Kevin Pratte is a firm believer that having his players involved in community service will get them connected to movers and shakers of the San Diego community. It is also important to Coach Pratte to instill in his players’ to give back.

“One of my favorite parts of coaching is connecting my players’ to dynamic community leaders," said Pratte. "Through community service, my players have met rotarians, political leaders, professional athletes, members of the military, and people that need a helping hand."

"When my players are willing volunteer four to five hours of their Saturdays to give back to America’s finest city, it just speaks volumes of the type of people they are. It is a pleasure coaching the San Diego City College men’s volleyball program. They are winning in all phases of life," said Pratte.

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Vaqueros help out with Special Olympics fundraiser

The sixth annual Special Olympics Tennis Classic raised nearly $6,000 as well as the spirits of 31 Special Olympians from Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

Inclusion was the theme, with the Special Olympians pairing up with about 50 athletes from UCSB, Westmont College and SBCC, as well as Santa Barbara, San Marcos and Dos Pueblos high schools.

Coaches and student-athletes from the SBCC men's and women's tennis teams participated in the event at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club.

"Everyone had an amazing time, and many of the Special Olympics athletes were able to partner with the same local tennis player they had partnered with in previous years," said Tim Philibosian, the sports manager for Santa Barbara Special Olympics.

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Vikings volunteer at Beacon for Him Ministries in Long Beach

Despite not having played an official game yet, new Long Beach City College softball head coach Megan Martinez is already making a positive impact on the program and its team members. Last Wednesday, Martinez and her Vikings volunteered their time and donated food and supplies to Beacon for Him Ministries, a local homeless shelter located near downtown Long Beach.

"I was a bit overwhelmed with emotion," said Martinez reflecting on their time there. "It was an incredible experience to see these young women serve those in need. I am really proud of them. I've only been with them a short amount of time, but we are really evolving into a terrific squad."

Members of the softball team that participated included Mitzy Moreno, Sarah Maldonado, Yulissa Dominguez, Isabel deNava, Brooke Loard, Bernice Beltran, Tristin Zazueta, Mariah Jacobo, Mayra Fausto, Anissa Hamilton, Daisy Castro, Jennifer Pantoja, Daisy Velasquez, and volunteer assistant coach Ami Hartnett-Vasquez.

While there, the team helped prepare the meal and serve dinner. Beacon for Him Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the sacred human dignity of homeless and at-risk men, women, and children in the Long Beach community.​ For more information on Beacon for Him Ministries, visit

Long Beach City College Athletics is very proud of Coach Martinez, Coach Hartnett-Vasquez, and our women's softball players. Click to view photos


Vaqueros Walk For American Heart Association

Nearly 50 Vaquero student-athletes, coaches and cheerleaders turned out for the American Heart Association Walk for Life on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Players from SBCC baseball, women's basketball and football redshirts joined with the Vaquero cheerleaders and coaches Sandrine Krul and Jeff Walker. They were supporting last week's Honorary Captain at the football game, Rayme Elliott, who lost her 2-year-old son to heart disease.

Rayme, along with directors within the AHA and local Santa Barbara leaders, were all surprised and impressed to see so many SBCC student-athletes giving their time to support Moms With Heart.

It was a great day for everyone and a wonderful opportunity for the greater Santa Barbara community to see just how special the student-athletes of SBCC really are!!


The San Diego City College men’s volleyball team enjoyed a team banquet at Kansas City Barbeque in Seaport Village with the Downtown Rotary Club on Monday, April 27.

During the course of the season, the Knights teamed up with the Rotary Club to raise funds towards Polio and Prevention. A Downtown Rotarian would attend each home match, give an inspirational speech to the team, and donate $100 towards polio and prevention. In return for the donation, the Rotarian would be named the guest coach and sit on the bench during the match.

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Members of the Long Beach City College football, women's basketball, and women's volleyball teams had a great time helping out at the MacArthur Elemetary School Fit-A-Thon.

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Irvine Valley Men's Basketball Gives Back 

The Irvine Valley men's basketball team recently visited a local elementary school and ran a clinic. It was fun and informative for the school children and a great way for the Lasers to share their love of the game and give back.

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Pasadena City College Athletics Chips In On Million Meals Marathon

The Lancers sports teams are doing their part to fight hunger in Los Angeles by participating in the Second Annual Million Meals Marathon Food Drive. Pasadena City College is holding the campus-wide food drive on November 22 and 23 in Lot 1 (on the corner of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard) with hopes of reaching its goal of collecting over 2,000 pounds of nonperishable human and pet food.

Department of Athletics staff members and student-athletes alike have contributed to this goal with donations of their own in order to help the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank ensure that “no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.” Pet food donations will be donated to the Pasadena Humane Society Pet Food Bank.

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‘Take Back the Night’ inspires courage

Students filled the foyer of East Los Angeles College’s Ingalls Auditorium last Thursday night for sexual assault awareness month’s assembly and candlelit march, “Take Back the Night.”

The powerful and impactful event which gave those affected by sexual assault an open platform to discuss the way sexual assault has impacted their lives.

SHOWING SUPPORT—East Los Angeles College students including football team members as well as community members take part in “Take Back the Night” for sexual assault awareness month at Ingalls Auditorium last Thursday. CN/JESUS FIGUEROA

Organizers passed out lit candles to attendants for a candlelight march up Avenida Cesar Chavez and circled back to the auditorium passing the administration buildings, as the candles lit up the scene.

Many students walked by the large group curious to know about the meaning of the walk and organizers were quick to explain the mission.

The event aims to raise awareness on all forms of sexual abuse.

The meeting has an objective of encouraging victims of sexual violence to feel comfortable in speaking out about the subject.




CCCAA/CCCFCA Gives To Boys & Girls Club

The 2013 CCCAA Football State Championship was hosted at Butte College on December 14. The CCCAA and CCC Football Coaches Association saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the Boys & Girls Club in Butte County to play their part. Pictured left is a check being presented to the Boys and Girls club from the football coaches association, Butte and Fullerton AD's, as well as the CCCAA Execuitve Director.


All Part of the Game

Giving back to the community is a big part of being a member of the Butte College Baseball team, says Head Baseball Coach Anthony Ferro. In December, members of the team visited the Esplanade House, where they brought gifts and cheer for the residents there. During the visit, players Andrew Lucio (left) and Ryan Rodriquez (right) share a happy moment with a youngster. Full Story

16th Annual Mujeres de Paz Candlelight Vigil and Walk

The East Los Angeles College Football Team participated in the 16th Annual Mujeres de Paz Candlelight Vigil and walk on Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00 pm. It was facilitated by East Los Angeles Women’s Center. Over 300 people attended this event, and walked from the mural of the La Virgen De Guadalupe on the corner of Mednik and Cesar Chavez Avenue to The East Los Angeles College campus. The East Los Angeles College Football Players help walk the older women and held the signs in candlelight vigil walk. 
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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 E mpire 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


Sierra College Baseball Shaves Heads to Help Kids With Cancer - For St. Baldrick's Foundation Cure Childhood Cancer
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.
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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 c
ome." Members of the Ohlone Board of Trustees, and College President Dr. Gari Browning, were present for both games.

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Swimmer and Cross Country Athlete Gives Back

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.
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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.

PC Volleyball Connects With Community Youth
 Riding the wave of recent success, Porterville College  coach Dale Henderson and his volleyball team has  opened more than just their gym doors to local youth.

 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


Women's Swim Teams Honor Breast Cancer Awareness

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.
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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).

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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.”


Citrus Men’s Basketball Gives Back at LA Food Bank

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. (

 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 Team Supports Mammogram Program At CMH

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.

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Gavilan Football Players Suit Up To Volunteer

On Monday, Gavilan football players suited up for some rough fun. However, they weren't playing football, they were volunteering at St. Joseph's Family Center

The football players and coaches turned their attention away from football, and worked together to help the less fortunate in the community.

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 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.


Taft College Breast Cancer Awareness Week

 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.
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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

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 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.

 CSM Athletes as Leaders and Readers

 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.
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COD Athletes Give Back to the Community

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.
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 Dons Give Back to Community

 The Santa Ana College football team spent the  weekend of April 9-10 volunteering in two charity  events as the Dons looked to give back to the  community.
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CCC Basketball Makes Charitable Donation

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.
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