SAAC student-athletes joined together to make brown bag "SAAC" Lunches for the homeless people in the Berkeley community. Students reached out to local grocery stores and outlets such as Whole Foods, Safeway, and Costco to get food donated for the event. SAAC members were able to assemble 100 tasty lunches and hand them out to the hungry recipients of People's Park and surrouding streets of Berkeley.
Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease. On May 1, Cal student-athletes gathered together to participate in this 24 hour relay. Students from multiple sports participated as one person started the walk around the track at 10 am on a Saturday morning and continued to alternate through the day/night until 10am the next morning. "Cal Athletes 4 Life" was the top fundraising team and raised over $5,000 towards the overall event total of $58,000. All donations go directly to the The American Cancer Society for cancer research, advocacy, and support for cancer patients and their families.
Cal Bears Press Release on Relay for Life: http://www.calbears.com/genrel/042310aaa.html
BEARfoot for Bare Feet
California women's basketball head coach Joanne Boyle and her staff coached in their bare feet on Saturday, Feb. 6 against UCLA in Haas Pavilion as part of the "Bears Go Bear Foot for Bear Feet" Initiative to raise awareness and money to purchase shoes for the impoverished children affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. UCLA's staff, led by head coach Nikki Caldwell, also coached without shoes in Saturday's 2 p.m. game to aid Haiti's children, who suffer needlessly from foot-borne diseases and infections due to a lack of shoes.
During the game, Cal's public-address announcer encouraged fans to donate money towards the cause. Samaritan's Feet, the humanitarian relief organization that created the initiative, purchased and shiped the shoes directly to Haiti.
Fans attending the game texted the word "SHOES" to 85944, and $5 was added to their next month's bill. In addition, members of Cal's Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) as well as other Cal student-athletes were present to collect money from fans who wish to donate. The Bears, wearing Cal apparel and also in their bare feet, were stationed at the entrances to the Haas bowl on the first and second levels collecting contributions before the game through the end of the first quarter. Also, four Cal student-athletes collecting donations for the "Bear Feet" Initiative were stationed at a table near Sections 4 and 5 in the Haas Pavilion lobby for the duration of the game. Altogether Cal raised over $1,200 for the cause.
Quote From Head Women's Basketball Coach Joanne Boyle:
"My coaching staff and I are proud to be able to partner with Samaritan's Feet and help the children affected by the terrible earthquake in Haiti," Boyle said. "I've always expressed to my players how important it is to give back and help those less fortunate. I'm glad we can participate in this event to raise both money and awareness. I'd like to thank SAAC for making this possible, and I'd also like to thank Nikki Caldwell and her coaching staff at UCLA for participating in this fundraiser on Saturday."