The UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer team has been widely recognized as one of the top athletic programs in the nation, averaging an incredible attendance rate of 5,783 fans per game in 2010. As part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative, the men’s soccer team is always actively giving back to the community that gives them so much.

AYSO Skills Day

The UC Santa Barbara Men's and Women's soccer teams host an annual AYSO soccer clinic in August to support the Santa Barbara soccer community. The event is presented free of charge to all AYSO players, coaches and families that chose to attend. Throughout the day, the UCSB men's and women's soccer players participated in skills training, autograph sessions and face painting with AYSO players. Meanwhile, the UCSB coaches ran coaches clinics.

"The day totally blew away our expectations," said Sean Mason, the Assistant Regional Commissioner of Santa Barbara AYSO. "We knew the players and coaches would have fun and learn new skills, which they did. What we didn't know was how many. We kept our fingers crossed and hoped that at least 300-400 players would show up, but that didn't happen. Instead, we had about 800 AYSO players and 50 coaches, which only proves that Santa Barbara is most definitely Soccer Town USA." Read Full Article

UCSB Community Coaching Program
Local youth soccer teams have the opportunity to have UCSB soccer players come and guest-coach a practice. Through the clinics, which are part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative, UCSB's student-athletes donate 150 hours of their time each season to teach youth soccer players in Santa Barbara.

The Gauchos have been running the clinics on Storke Field on the UCSB campus for many years. During the practice sessions, the Gauchos players fill in as coaches for the AYSO teams and run hour-long sessions that included warm-ups, technical drills and scrimmages.  The clinics are a great way for the Santa Barbara community to get together and reach out to local youth soccer players. Learn More

Collecting Cleats Initiative
Each year, the UCSB Men’s Soccer team runs a donation drive collecting soccer cleats for children in Africa. Collection bins are set up inside the main entrance of Harder Stadium where fans are able to donate their used or outgrown cleats, old uniforms and other athletic gear. Read Full Article

The Golden Scarf
The soccer scarf has long been a symbol of unity and support for teams around the globe, and Gaucho fans - the most passionate and enthusiastic in the country - have made the scarf a tradition at Harder Stadium. Each year a golden scarf is given as a token of thanks for each of its recipients' passion and commitment to UCSB, the sport of soccer and/or the community. See Past Recipients

Ticket Deliveries to Fan Members

Annually, the UCSB Men's Soccer team and the Gaucho mascot Olé hand-deliver season tickets and respective scarves to several fortunate fans a couple of days prior to the start of each season. Read Full Article

Men’s Soccer on Talk’n Gauchos

Men’s soccer coaching staff and players are constantly being featured on UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos. The show airs live on Tuesday nights from 6-7pm from the Beachside Café, located nearby UCSB at Goleta Beach. The show offers an opportunity for fans to email and ask any questions to the guests. Additionally, fans that show up to the location have the opportunity to meet the guests as well as win UCSB tickets, Gaucho gear and receive food specials.

Goleta Beach Clean Up

This annual event involves UCSB men's soccer players, student-athletes, donors and athletics department staff and coaches coming together on a project that would serve the greater Santa Barbara community. The UCSB Athletics Department encourages and reinforces the idea that we are a family and are committed to collectively serving our community. Read Full Article

Gauchos Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year the UCSB Athletic Department and men's soccer team promote the awaresness of Hispanic Heritage Month. The UCSB men's soccer team has played the U-17 Mexican National Team in past years and every year partner with the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to provide free tickets during Hispanic Heritage Month. Read Full Article

UCSB Athletics at Old Spanish Days Fiesta

UCSB men’s soccer join Santa Barbara’s annual Old Spanish Day’s Celebration in an attempt to give back to the community of Santa Barbara. UCSB Athletics hosts a booth at El Mercado del Norte, located at Mackenzie Park where fans have the opportunity to meet with their favorite UCSB athletes and soccer players. Read Full Article

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