Sept. 30, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is running a donation drive collecting soccer cleats for children in Africa, starting at the Friday, October 2 nationally televised game against Indiana.
The donation drive will run in concurrence with the Bridges of Hope Change for Change Program, which is already collecting spare change in designated buckets at UCSB home soccer games. Both programs are a part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative.
For the remaining five UCSB home matches, there will be collection bins set up inside the main entrance of Harder Stadium where fans can donate their used or outgrown cleats. Starting with Wednesday's game against Cal Poly, the collection will extend to include old uniforms and other athletic gear.
Many of these young African athletes are playing sports without any equipment and anything that might seem old or useless to us would be a treasure for them. Some of the athletic equipment people use in the United States is completely nonexistent in their countries.
Friday's mens' soccer match with the Indiana is set to begin at 8 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium and will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel. To catch it on Fox Soccer Channel, tune into channel 149 on Dish Network, 619 on Direct TV and 265 on Cox Cable in Santa Barbara.