January 13, 2010

Women's Basketball Team Offers Helping Hand

Jan. 13, 2010

The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team put on a clinic for local basketball-enthused youths at the YMCA in Santa Barbara as part of the Gauchos Give program in the Dare to Be Great initiative.

The Gauchos put on two sessions on Monday, totaling nearly 150 kids ranging in class from kindergarten to sixth grade. Every player on the women's team took part in the event.

The clinic is done by the team every January as part of the YMCA's tip-off to the annual winter basketball league.

"As much as this program has built it's reputation on winning championships, Gaucho basketball is equally known for community involvement," UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "We want to continue to make that a benchmark of our student-athlete experience: work hard on the court and in the classroom, and give back to the great city of Santa Barbara. The clinic at the YMCA was a chance for our players to work with an excited group of youth on basketball skills and fundamentals. Most importantly, the presence and personalities of our Gauchos inspires kids to be confident and active. It was a terrific event."

In mid-December, the UCSB women's basketball team also took part in another Gauchos Give program, holding a clinic at the Page Youth Center.

With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director last year, UCSB Athletics launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

About the Gaucho Fund (G-Fund for short): The program was launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan and is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign. For more information on Dare to Be Great, please click here.

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