January 31, 2014

UCSB Athletics Celebrates Black History Month

UC Santa Barbara Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month. As part of the celebration, UCSBgauchos.com will revisit a series of video interviews of Gaucho African-American athletes and coaches that have been created by the UCSB Athletics Department. The Gauchos will kick off the beginning of Black History Month by distributing commemorative posters to fans before the men's basketball matchup against UC Davis this Saturday, Feb. 1. 

Over the past several years, Gaucho Athletics has produced a number of inspiring videos featuring coaches, staff and student-athletes:

The first such video features UCSB Director of Academic and Internal Affairs for men's basketball, David Campbell. Campbell's father, like former Gaucho basketball player Lowell Steward, was a Tuskegee Airman and the first African-American to drop a bomb on an enemy target.

To view and listen to Campbell's interview about Black History Month and his father's experience as a Tuskegee Airman, click here.

Former women's basketball player Sweets Underwood shared her thoughts on the significance of Black History Month and the pioneers it celebrates. To see and hear Sweets' interview, click here.

A current member of the NBA's Indiana Pacers and former Gaucho great Orlando Johnson sat down to share his thoughts on the significance of Black History Month and the heroes it celebrates. To see and hear Orlando's interview, click here.

Senior softball pitcher Andriana Collins discusses her experiences here.

To read more about black history, check out the History Channel's Black History page by clicking here

To visit UCSB's Black Studies Department, click here.

To ensure you grab your commemorative poster, purchase your tickets for tomorrow's basketball game by calling 805-893-UCSB or clicking here. That game is set for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off.

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