Community Service
Release: Monday 01/16/2009 
by UCSD

Triton Community Service

The University of California, San Diego Department of Athletics is committed to actively participating in the community through a variety of outreach events and services. Student-athletes from 23 sports participate in a wide range of service and outreach programs in and around the San Diego area.

In 2003-04 the Tritons began the "Team Up!" program. This program assists local elementary schools that do not have a physical education component in their current curriculum. UCSD student-athletes provide healthy physical activity and create an environment for elementary school students that foster positive thinking and team building. The program was run at the Del Mar Heights Elementary School in the morning hours prior to school starting and during the students’ lunch periods during the past two years.

Triton student-athletes make the holidays brighter for 12 families in the San Diego area on an annual basis, providing a plethora of gifts and holiday cheer. Triton teams pair up and each tandem purchase presents, food, and goodies to deliver to their adopted family before the holidays. Families are selected by the Neighborhood House Association which runs the Head Start programs throughout San Diego County. Student-athletes contact the families to find out what special presents the children want, as well as what sort of clothing or other needs could be met. Teams deliver the presents in person and spend time with the families, often playing games with the children. Families each received approximately $300-$500 worth of gifts, depending on the number of children. Presents range from bikes and toys to clothing and food for the parents.

In conjuction with the California Collegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Triton student-athletes annually work to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The student-athletes do a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including a bake sale and a faculty/staff department challenge.  The goal at each CCAA member institution is to raise $3 per student-athlete. Triton student-athletes far exceeded this goal, raising over $2,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2008.

Additionally, the Intercollegiate Athletics Department holds an annual Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross. All coaches, staff and out of season student-athletes participate in the blood drive, while those student-athletes who are in season recruit other students on campus to donate blood on their behalf.


UCSD Athletics Community Outreach Projects

Volunteer Connection
Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving Program
Hands Across America
St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen
Row for the Cure
Preuss School Clinics
Starlings Volleyball Club
Habitat for Humanity
San Diego Special Olympics
California Half Ironman Volunteers
Mission Bay - Beach Clean Up
Race for the Cure
Boy’s and Girl’s Club Sports Clinics


Community Service Opportunity:  Project "TEAM-UP"

This program is designed to assist local elementary schools that do not have a physical education component in their current curriculum.  UCSD student-athletes provide healthy physical activity and create an environment for elementary school students that foster positive thinking and team building.  This can be accomplished in the morning hours prior to school starting (7:15-8:00 a.m.) or during the students lunch periods.

For more information contact:

Katie McGann
Assistant Athletic Director - Compliance & Student Services
UC San Diego Athletics
(858) 534-8700 or kmcgann@ucsd.edu

 

 

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