Gauchos Unveil 2011 Soccer Community Outreach Programs

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara community will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the UCSB men's and women's soccer programs this fall as the teams have a bevy of community outreach programs in place.

The game day programs include postgame autograph sessions with Gaucho players, the opportunity to serve as a ball boy/girl at home matches, youth games played on Meredith Field during halftime and the always-popular Soccer Town Playground.
 
UCSB will also be partnering with AYSO and Santa Barbara Soccer Club for a trio of special events. The first will be AYSO Skills Day, which is being held for the second year at Girsh Park on Aug. 27. The event gives local AYSO players the chance to learn skills from Gaucho players and get their autographs.
 
AYSO will partner with UCSB again on Sept. 25 when it holds its annual banner night during the Sacramento State match. Youth wearing their AYSO team jerseys will gain free admission to the game.
 

On Sept. 9, SBSC will host its annual BBQ and silent auction at Harder Stadium prior to the men's soccer match against West Virginia.

UCSB also extends special ticket offers to local elementary, middle school and junior high PTA's. There will also be special Junior High/High School Soccer Team Nights offered.

 
The cornerstone of the UCSB soccer outreach programs is the Gaucho Guest Coaching Program. As part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative, UCSB soccer players fill in as guest coaches for local soccer teams.
 
For more information on all of these programs and directions on how to sign up, click here.

The UCSB men's soccer season kicks off on Aug. 20 when the Gauchos host cross-town foe Westmont in an exhibition match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The game is one of 12 exciting home pairings scheduled for UCSB this fall.
 
To ensure you don't miss a minute of the 2011 soccer season, purchase your season tickets now by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or by clicking here.

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