September 15, 2011

UCSB Athletics Once Again Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB Athletics is proud to once again celebrate diversity through its "Gauchos Give" community outreach commitment by promoting awareness of Hispanic Heritage Month. The national celebration runs every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

"This is the third year we've engaged in this important celebration," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari.  "Because we serve as a highly visible part of this incredible university we will always promote important cultural events such as Hispanic Heritage Month. Our over 400 student-athletes, diverse and motivated, never shy away from serving as role models."   

Last year, the Gauchos highlighted the celebration by hosting the U20 Mexican National Team at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in front of over 9,000 fans.

"UCSB Athletics continues to make the community a priority and the Gauchos Give campaign is a clear example of this," said Sergio Villa, past President of the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  "I am very proud to be a part of this and I encourage that anyone who has never attended a game do so, as they will not be disappointed."


This year's celebration will include:

·      1,500 free men's soccer tickets set aside (available in blocks of 10 or more) to any Hispanic business or charitable organization including: Boys and Girls Clubs of Goleta and Santa Barbara, Casa De La Raza, Querencia, the Goleta Homework Club, Hispanic Business Magazine, the Children's Museum, The Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Soccer League, Marborg Industries, Univision, Santa Cruz Market, the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic, Citrix Online, Deckers, Hayward Lumber and the City of Goleta.  The tickets will be for home men's soccer matches on Sept. 23 (Univ. of San Diego), Sept. 25 (Sacramento State), Oct. 1 (UC Irvine), Oct. 5 (defending national champions Akron) and Oct. 11 (Cal State Fullerton).  All non-profits interested in participating with our "Gauchos Give" program, please contact Sergio Villa, Community leader and past President of the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at (805) 621-7006, Jackie Huerta at (805) 621-7016 or (805) 893-UCSB.


·      Men's basketball senior Jaimé Serna joining the Voice of the Gauchos Gerry Fall live on AM 1290 during the broadcast of the Sept. 23 men's soccer match against San Diego.
 
·      Video features on UCSBgauchos.com of Latino Gaucho student-athletes
 
·      For more on Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, click here.

Along with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Gauchos also promote the celebration of Black History Month. The national celebration takes place every February.

Soccer gear is here! Gear up on Gaucho soccer t-shirts, hats, scarves and more at the Gauchos Shop today.  Click here for the online store.

 

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