HER Time! Event Introduces New Community Relations Initiative

Nov. 12, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In an unprecedented event this past Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara Director of Athletics Mark Massari, Executive Associate Athletics Director, Internal Affairs/Senior Women's Administrator Diane O'Brien and women's basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb, were among those who gathered at the Intercollegiate Athletics building in the first-ever HER Time! event.

The event gave strong female leaders from the Santa Barbara area a way to be mentors to not only the women's basketball team, but also young girls too. It brought together the women's basketball team and strong female community leaders to serve as mentors to local youths.

HER Time! is an initiative under UCSB's "Dare to be Great" campaign, which is designed to to improve facilities and increase scholarship opportunities for Gaucho female student-athletes. HER Time! also goes on to say "Along with funding, we also want to connect the strong leaders in the community with our approximately 225 female student-athletes to provide mentoring, leadership, and personal growth. These experiences will pay dividends in the form of stronger, healthier, and more confident women."

That was the achievement of the Nov. 10 gathering. The event provided a way to bring strong female leaders from the community to connect with the UCSB women's basketball team, who in turn also helped them serve as role models to the female UCSB student-athletes. Going forward, UCSB student athletes, with leaders from the community will team up to make a difference in the lives of young women in the Santa Barbara community, using UCSB women's basketball as the vehicle.

To see a video shown at the HER Time! event, please click here.

In conjunction with the HER Time! event, UCSB Athletics was also pleased to announce the newest community relations initiative - Thunder R.O.W. (Raising Outstanding Women).

Thunder R.O.W. is a way for Santa Barbara's community members and the women's basketball team to come together and improve the leadership skills and personal well-being of the area's female youth.

After receiving a grant from the NCAA to help improve attendance and awareness of women's basketball. To learn more about UCSB being one of just 18 institutions nationwide to receive the grant, please click here.

Part of the grant - awarded to UCSB increase awareness, exposure and increase attendance of women's basketball - was used for the HER Time! event.

Gottlieb's Gauchos open their season on Friday vs. Fresno State. Season tickets are still available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase now to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!