Gift Update

Make Your #GivingTuesday Gift Now! Click the fund or program of your choice to show your support for Cal student-athletes:

Cal Athletics Fund  |  Bear Territory Legacy Wall (Click Here to learn more)  |  Endowment Seating Program (current seat holders only)

Specific Sports:  Aquatics  |  Baseball  |  Men's Basketball  |  Women's Basketball  |  Men's Crew  |  Women's Crew  |  Field Hockey  |  Football  |  Men's Golf  |  Women's Golf
Men's Gymnastics  |  Women's Gymnastics  |  Lacrosse  |  Rugby  |  Men's Soccer  |  Women's Soccer  |  Softball  |  Spirit Groups  |  Tennis  |  Track & Field  |  Volleyball


What an incredible day #GivingTuesday was! Our student-athletes got to get out into the community and be amazing role models to the children in our community, and we were able to raise nearly half a million dollars in online gifts to help further the goals of our athletic department! For the full rundown of our day, including a photo gallery and video, click here.

Thanks for following along with us, and thank you for #GivingToCal!



#GivingTuesday is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still #GiveToCal! There are still a couple of hours left for you to get double priority points for seating and help continue to make Cal a Top 25 athletic program! Just click any of the links above to make your contribution.

Thanks for following along with us all day, and check back tomorrow for a full recap of all of our #GivingTuesday efforts! 



Our student-athletes had a terrific time volunteering in the community today!

The first stop was Berkeley eatery Sliver, a pizzeria that promotes human health and aims to fight human trafficking. From current student-athletes to Olympians, Golden Bears were doling out slices left and right! Among Sliver’s special servers were five time USA outdoor track and field 800m champion Alysia Montano, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Caitlin Leverenz and Cal men’s soccer star Christian Dean.

 Former track and field athlete Alysia Montano and current men's soccer player Christian Dean helping out at Sliver.

Cal men's water polo's Collin Smith getting his piece of the pie...pizza pie, that is.

Next up, it was time for a special delivery as the children of the Oakland Boys and Girls Club had pizzas delivered right to them! Many student-athletes turned out for the weekly mentoring session in which they help the children with homework, play games with them and empower them by serving as positive role models.

Women's swimming's Catherine Breed helps Boys and Girls Club children with homework.

Rugby's Blake Simons brings some of his Berkeley smarts to the Oakland Boys and Girls club.

Former field hockey player Megan Psyllos is enjoying her time with the children.

Check CalBears.com tomorrow for a full recap of the day, but in the meantime stay posted to this liveblog for a couple more posts before #GivingTuesday officially comes to a close! You can also scroll down to read previous posts from the liveblog, and there’s still plenty of time to #GiveToCal by clicking any of the links above.




#GiveToCal. #GivingTuesday #Hashtag…If you’ve ever seen the Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake #Hashtag video, today’s #GivingTuesday updates may have felt a little like the video. Cal lacrosse coach Ginger Miles and associate director of development Nick Parsons poke a little fun at the barrage of social media in Cal’s own parody video below.




By now, you’ve probably heard the word of the year in 2013 is “selfie,” thanks to a study by the Oxford Dictionaries that concluded that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, some of our student-athletes and coaches decided to celebrate by taking #UNselfies and committing to complete a selfless act. Here are some of our favorites from the day:

Track and field's Maurice Valentine has a great smile to make others smile.

Women's golf assistant coach Sofie Aagaard is getting ahead of her spring cleaning by donating clothes to those in need.

Women's basketball's Mikayla Lyles made an appearance at the men's basketball game vs. UC Irvine last night to share her unselfie.

All you need is love, according the men's gymnast Jeffrey Langenstein.

How'd you like to be Rachel Bootsma's roommate today? Free dinner!

Here's another great show of intersport support - director of track and field and head cross country coach Tony Sandoval wants to give his basketball tickets to a fan!

Women's crew's Rachel Lether is taking a small step in making a new friend today.

A staple among Cal athletes young and old, Mohamed "Mo" Muqtar is ready to support Cal soccer!

And women's swimming coach Teri McKeever echoes those sentiments.

Need a ride? Former Cal men's basketball standout Theo Robertson is offering to buy someone a BART pass to celebrate #GivingTuesday.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour also joined in on the fun with an #UNselfie of her own.

Scroll below to read previous updates as we liveblog #GivingTuesday all day long.


On #GivingTuesday, we especially wanted to thank those who #GiveToCal both today and year-round. Many of our student-athletes are jumping on the phone to say personal thank-yous to our supporters. Here's a shot of women's water polo student-athlete Savanna Smith taking the time to thank Cal's #GivingTuesday supporters.

Savanna Smith thanking donors for their #GivingTuesday contributions.

#GiveToCal and you may get your own personal phone call! Click any of the links above to make your #GivingTuesday donation now.

Scroll below to read previous updates as we liveblog #GivingTuesday all day long.




Cal’s Student-Athletes Give Year-Round with Bear Tracks

While Cal’s student-athletes will be out at Sliver and the Boys and Girls Club today for #GivingTuesday, it’s not the only day that they spend giving back to the community. Cal’s student-athletes dedicate their time to various philanthropic efforts year-round through the Bear Tracks program, organized by the office of Student-Athlete Affairs.

“As prominent leaders of the community, Cal Student-Athletes are working to leave ‘Bear Tracks’ around the community as a way of more effectively impacting those that they volunteer with,” said Paul Savage, Cal’s Director of Student-Athlete Affairs. “Our student-athletes serve as representatives of the Cal athletic department as a whole and work to promote and uphold integrity, respect, education, a healthy lifestyle and giving back."

Cal's student-athletes at a beach clean-up earlier this year.

Now in its second year, the Bear Tracks initiative includes dozens of opportunities for student-athletes to make an impact. Among Cal’s primary partners are both the Boys and Girls Club, where student-athletes participate in weekly volunteer sessions where they help with homework, play games and serve as positive role models, as well as Coaching Corps, an organization that aims to expand access to high quality coaching to youth who would otherwise have difficulty accessing organized sports for financial reasons or because of a lack of opportunities. 

This academic year, Cal student-athletes will celebrate their fifth annual Jog for Jill, which honors Jill Costello, a former coxswain on the Cal women's crew who passed away from lung cancer in 2010, and also join in on the You Mean More Suicide Prevention Walk

Among the countless other philanthropic activities the Bears have already participated in this year are the Berkeley Shoreline Clean-Up, where more than 50 student-athletes participated in a county wide effort to pick up trash and help keep the marina clean, and monthly visits to St. Mark’s Church to prepare and serve a hot meal for the homeless. Just last month, many of Cal’s men’s teams took part in growing mustaches in support of Movember, which aims to raise awareness for men’s health.

And while #GivingTuesday is a great day to highlight philanthropic efforts around the nation on one set day, it’s also worth noting that Cal’s well-rounded student-athletes go above and beyond to give to their community year-round.

Cal men's soccer players spend time with local youth clubs.

"#GivingTuesday is a global reminder that a culture of giving breeds goodwill and opportunities to lead,” Savage said. “For Cal student-athletes, this is a part of that culture and we are pleased to highlight one of our premier community service partnerships at the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland, where student leaders are regularly providing homework assistance and participating in character-building exercises that build respect and teamwork through athletics."

You can help Cal student-athletes continue to make an impact on their local community when you #GiveToCal. Click any of the links above to donate, and scroll below to read previous updates as we liveblog #GivingTuesday all day long.


 LIVEBLOG UPDATE - 10:45 a.m.:

We mentioned previously that when you #GiveToCal, you’ll be helping our student-athletes on and off the field. Exactly how much does it help? For student-athletes such as women's basketball standout Reshanda Gray, it opens a whole new road of opportunities - like being the first in your family to go to college.

Gray shares a quick update in the video below:


Scroll below to read previous updates as we liveblog #GivingTuesday all day long.

 LIVEBLOG UPDATE - 9:30 a.m.:

Donate on Dec. 3, Get Double Priority Points

One of the best reasons to #GiveToCal today is that you’ll receive double priority points that you can apply to seating selection options for our Cal sporting events. While typically every $100 contribution would earn you one priority point, today only each $100 contribution will earn you two priority points, getting you to an exclusive seat you want much faster!

Are you ready to #GiveToCal? Click any of the links above to make your #GivingTuesday donation now.

Scroll below to read previous updates as we liveblog #GivingTuesday all day long.


The day has finally arrived! #GivingTuesday is upon us, and here at Cal we’re excited to share a full schedule of activities planned for the day. Our student-athletes will be heading out in the community as we do our part to give back, and we hope you’ll consider giving back as well by making a charitable donation. When you #GiveToCal, you’ll help continue our tradition of excellence and assist our student-athletes on and off the field with scholarships, equipment, facilities and more.

So what is #GivingTuesday, you ask? Well, coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season with days such as “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday,” #GivingTuesday serves as a celebratory, fully connected day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts. Click here to read more about #GivingTuesday.

Our student-athletes are giving back by visiting the Oakland Boys and Girls Club to spend time with the children there, and will also visit the Berkeley eatery Sliver, a pizzeria with a mission to promote human health and empower the fight against human trafficking.

Keep your eyes peeled on this liveblog throughout the day as we update you with special information and incentives to give, as well as fun photos and video from today’s activities. You can also follow along with the conversation on Facebook (Facebook.com/CalAthletics) and Twitter @CalAthletics by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GiveToCal.

And remember, you can #GiveToCal all day by clicking any of the links on this page.

Cal Athletics an official partner for #GivingTuesday

Nick Forbes (Football) with his UNSelfie in honor of #GivingTuesday.

For the first time ever, the University of California Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will join #GivingTuesday, a two-pronged movement based on philanthropic donations and giving back to the community. Set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, Cal’s student-athletes will spend the day volunteering in the Bay Area, while Cal Athletics' supporters are encouraged to #GiveToCal by making a charitable donation to assist student-athlete pursuits on and off the field.