October 28, 2005

UCSB Launches "Project Team-UP" to Support Local Charities and Non-Profits, Raise Awareness of Gaucho Basketball Program

Oct. 28, 2005

UC Santa Barbara Athletics and the Gaucho men's basketball program is launching "Project Team-Up", a collaborative effort between UCSB and local charities and non-profit organizations designed to raise funds for the organizations and awareness of UCSB men's basketball, Athletic Director Gary Cunningham and basketball coach Bob Williams announced Friday.

UCSB Athletics will give designated charities and non-profit organizations up to 2,000 tickets for men's basketball games. The organizations will then sell the tickets for the discounted rate of $10.00 apiece. UCSB Athletics and the charity will evenly divide the revenue generated by the sale of the tickets.

"We believe this is an outstanding opportunity for us to partner with the community to help raise money for great causes and raise awareness of UCSB men's basketball," Cunningham said. "Our goal is to do this for all 13 regular season games and we think it is a very achievable goal."

Williams is also excited about the endeavor.

"We think this is a valuable opportunity to draw this great community and Gaucho Athletics even closer together," he said. "In virtually every way, it is a win-win situation. If we can help local charities and gain exposure for our program, everyone wins."

UCSB will open the 2005-06 season on Thursday, Nov. 3 with a 7:00 p.m. exhibition game against UC San Diego. The game against the Tritons will be free to the public and Gaucho players and coaches will be available after the game for autographs. "Project Team-Up" will take effect on Friday, Nov. 18 when UCSB opens its regular season with a 7:00 p.m. game against the University of San Francisco.

For additional information, organizations are encouraged to contact UCSB's Director of Men's Basketball Operations Joe Nagy at 805-893-2141.

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