Aug. 21, 2008
BERKELEY - With the 2008 Cal Football season just over one week away, the Golden Bears will host their annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by the Contra Costa Times this Saturday, August 23 at Memorial Stadium. Festivities will run from 12-2 p.m., with a pre-event starting at 11 a.m. by the North Tunnel.
In addition to including opportunities for fans to interact with players and coaches from the team, the event will have even more meaning as the Bears are coming together to support Michelle Maykin, a Cal graduate and season ticket holder who was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2007.
A true fan of the Golden Bears, Michelle, who even named her dog Marshawn after former Cal running back Marshawn Lynch, is in need of a bone marrow/stem cell transplant to help save her life. Her friends and family have been working throughout the summer on a campaign (www.projectmichelle.com) to register people onto the national bone marrow donor registry of the National Marrow Donor Program.
Members of the Cal football team, its coaching staff and the University athletic department staff will be registering to be potential donors at the marrow drive being held at Saturday's event. Staff from the Asian American Donor Program (part of the National Marrow Donor Program network) along with volunteers from Project Michelle will be present to register potential donors.
"We're proud to help out Saturday with this great cause," Cal football head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We work very hard out here playing football, but it puts a lot of things in perspective when you understand how hard Michelle is working and fighting for her life. I encourage all of the Cal fans out there to come out and support one of their own and register for the bone marrow donor registry."
The stadium will not open for the event prior to 12 noon, however, pre-activities and registration for the marrow donor program will be available outside the North Tunnel beginning at 11:00am. Fans are encouraged to use public transportation (BART) when visiting the Cal campus. For specific parking information, log on to http://pt.berkeley.edu.
The teams asks all fans to respect the "one autograph per player or coach" guideline this year. The dance team and Oski, Cal's lovable mascot, will also be on site to greet fans and pose for pictures. The California Victory Cannon, which debuted at the 1964 Big Game, will also be on display and available for pictures.
The official 2008 game day shirt, media guides, Cal merchandise and season tickets will be for sale. Free food will be available to the first 1,000 fans courtesy of Rubios. Odwalla will also provide free samples of its products, while the Sports Gallery will also be on hand to showcase classic Cal memorabilia and AC Transit will provide information regarding game-day transportation.
For more information, please contact the Cal Athletics Marketing Office at (510) 642-2444.