BERKELEY – The annual Pigskins & Pearls charity event presented by Cal football held Saturday at Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium once again proved to be a fun evening to kick off an upcoming football season. All proceeds raised will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland.
“It was a lot of fun,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a lot of our most dedicated fans better. It was an enthusiastic bunch and one that really cares deeply about Cal football. Any time you have a chance to be around that type of group it is always going to be a rewarding experience. It was a fun day.”
“It’s also symbolic for us because it’s kind of the last thing we try to do before our players report to training camp,” Dykes added. “Kate [Dykes] really does a great job with it. She puts her heart and soul into it. [Director of Special Projects] Whitney [Sugarman] did a great job doing a lot of the leg work. It was the efforts of a lot of people that made the event go so smoothly.”
Attendees participated in either an on-field clinic or interactive chalk talk sessions, both featuring Cal football coaches and players after the evening began with a social hour on the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza. All participants received a Pigskins & Pearls hat, t-shirts and goodie bag.
Cal will open its 2014 training camp at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Monday, Aug. 4 in advance of its 2014 season at Northwestern on Aug. 30 (2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT, ABC/ESPN2).
The Bears host Sacramento State in the first of six home games at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 6 (Noon PT, Pac-12 Networks). Cal will also play Pac-12 opponents Colorado (Sept. 27), Washington (Oct. 11), UCLA (Oct. 18) and Stanford (Nov. 22) in Berkeley before concluding the 2014 regular season by hosting a non-conference game against BYU on Nov. 29.
Cal’s home contest against Oregon at Levi’s® Stadium (Oct. 24) will be the first-ever collegiate football game at the venue and be televised by FOX Sports 1 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. PT.
Cal has Pac-12 road games at Arizona (Sept. 20), Washington State (Oct. 4), Oregon State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 13), with the final road game of the regular season against the Trojans an ESPN Thursday night contest (6 p.m. PT).
Cal football tickets are available at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).