Aug. 28, 2007
BERKELEY - California Golden Bear fans now have a unique opportunity to build the future of UC Berkeley, while earning a piece of the campus's past.
Beginning Monday, as a "thank you" for a $300 donation to Special Olympics, donors will receive a vintage 23-inch replica wall clock, inspired by one that used to hang in Memorial Stadium in the 1930s and 1940s. One hundred dollars of that donation will go to support Special Olympics Northern California's free, year-round sports training and competition programs for more than 15,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, and another one hundred dollars will help support Cal intercollegiate athletic programs.
"Special Olympics is one of the country's most respected charities, and our student-athletes and coaches are proud to partner with them and help bring awareness to the incredible programs they deliver to thousands of inspiring athletes," said Cal's Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour.
Special Olympics Northern California hosts its annual Summer Games, a two-day competition for more than 1,000 athletes, on the Cal campus. This year's festivities, held June 8-10, included Golden Bear women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle and a donated performance by Katharine McPhee of "American Idol" at the Opening Ceremonies, and atttracted more than 4,000 spectators over the three-day weekend.
In addition to supporting Summer Games, Bear fans will also be helping Special Olympics send nine athletes and two coaches from Northern California to compete as part of Team USA at the World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, this October. They will join more than 7,000 athletes from 169 countries as they compete in 23 Olympic-style sports, including Aquatics, Basketball, Cycling, Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Softball and more.
"As a former Cal student-athlete, I benefited from the strong athletic programs that my alma mater had to offer and understand the need to maintain them for future student-athletes," said Jill Osur, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development for Special Olympics Northern California. "I just ask that Cal supporters give our athletes the same opportunity to do well by doing good. Now's their chance to not only be a fan of the Bears, but Special Olympics as well."
For more information, visit www.memorialstadiumclock.com.
About Special Olympics Northern California: Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports program that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit: www.sonc.org.