February 24, 2010

UCSB Women's Basketball Will Collect Shoes for Donations to Soles for Souls

Feb. 24, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will be accepting new and used shoes during the Saturday, Feb. 27 game to donate to Soles4Souls Inc. in an effort to help out the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. This is part of the Gauchos Give community outreach program.

A bin will be set up at the front entrance of the Thunderdome for fans to donate shoes for the cause. UCSB's coaches and players will also donate shoes directly to the cause. The Gaucho coaching staff will wear sneakers on the sidelines on Saturday to bring awareness to the cause.

For anyone who cannot bring a donation to Saturday's game, the bin to collect shoes will be placed inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building's Hall of Champions during the week before sending the shoes to Soles4Souls.

Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip-flops - just as long as they are new or gently worn.

"This is a great opportunity for our team and our fans to help out the victims in Haiti," said assistant coach Jaida Williams, who is spearheading the operation for the UCSB women's basketball team. "It is also our way of bringing awareness to the tragedy in Haiti. We are hoping to help in any way we can to those who suffered."

Every 23 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people who truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who partner with Soles4Souls in its mission of changing the world one pair at a time.

Saturday's game will also honor the five Gaucho seniors in a pregame ceremony and at halftime, UCSB Athletics will reveal the final "Legend of the `Dome."

Saturday's game, at 2 p.m., will be Senior Day, when UCSB bids adieu to seniors Jordan Franey, Ariana Gnekow, Jessie Goble, Meagan Williams and Chris Spencer. It will also be the unveiling of the fifth legend in the inaugural "Legends of the `Dome" game as UCSB honors another member of its storied women's basketball history.

And, with Cal Poly in the Thunderdome, the Gauchos and Mustangs renew the Blue-Green rivalry in a series for sustainability.

The athletics rivalry between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly has grown in recent years, and now the schools plan to put their competition to good use.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green).

The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in. To see the points system and updated rivalry standings, click here.

The creative angle of using games to promote the campuses' sustainability and recycling efforts is the first of its kind in college athletics. To learn more about sustainability efforts at UCSB, click here.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The game airs live on AM 990 and will stream live online by clicking here.