LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics and the Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC) have participated in another successful holiday season of their Adopt-A-Family program, in conjunction with the department’s ongoing efforts in community involvement.
Adopt-A-Family is a long-running program sponsored by TAC. The group works with the Neighborhood House Association, based in south San Diego, which connects the Triton student-athletes to area families in need. The student-athletes raise money and then purchase and wrap gifts according to the needs and wishes of the families chosen.
All 23 UCSD intercollegiate teams are involved, as well as UCSD coaches and administrative staff, and this year, a total of 13 families were “adopted.” Gifts were distributed by TAC members and other Triton student-athletes last Saturday, Dec. 7. Click on the link at the top for photos.
The TAC community service committee, chaired by senior women’s rowing captain Olivia Knizek, coordinates the Adopt-A-Family program.
“It was a great effort put together by all of the teams and the athletic department as a whole, which ensures the success of the Adopt-A-Family program each year,” said Knizek. “We really enjoy the personal aspect of this event, and the interaction that each team gets with the families through both shopping for items on the family’s wish list, and giving the gifts directly to them to help in celebrating the holiday season. Seeing the gratitude and excitement with which the families receive the gifts is a main reason why we continue the tradition of supporting the Neighborhood House Association.”