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Word From Westwood - June 4, 2013
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/04/2013

Word From Westwood

June 4, 2013

The last week of classes for the quarter has arrived - 10th week, as it is known here in Westwood - and student-athletes are scurrying through the Morgan Center wrapping up preparations for final exams. For some, this is just another step along the way, while for others it is the culmination of years of hard work on and off their chosen field of play, and they will celebrate their graduation with friends and family next week.

To all of our more than 600 student-athletes -- good luck on finals!

Baseball Team Sweeps Los Angeles Regional, Meets Fullerton in Super Regional
The top-seeded UCLA baseball team posted a 6-0 victory over third-seeded San Diego on Sunday evening to sweep its three postseason games and clinch the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium over the weekend. It was the Bruins' third regional title in four years, and the fifth of head coach John Savage's career. UCLA opened regional play with a 5-3 win against San Diego State Friday and defeated Cal Poly 6-4 on Saturday.

The Bruins will face Cal State Fullerton in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series this weekend in Fullerton. Tickets are available through UCLA's Central Ticket Office beginning Wednesday at 10 am. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946) or click here.

Nine Track & Field Athletes Travel to Eugene for NCAA Outdoor Championships
Nine student-athletes will represent UCLA in a total of 10 events at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are being hosted Wednesday-Saturday by the University of Oregon. The Bruins who qualified at the West Preliminary Round two weeks ago in Austin, Texas are as follows:

A complete list of events at the championships is available here and the entire event can be followed on ESPN3 on Thursday and ESPNU on Friday and Saturday.

It is important to note that Wruck warmed up for the NCAA meet by throwing an all-time collegiate best 68.16m/223-7 at the Claremont Hammer and Discus Elite Invitational last weekend.

Rowing Caps off Successful Season with Ninth-Place Finish at NCAA Championships
The UCLA women's rowing team earned a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which concluded Sunday morning in Indianapolis. It was the second-best NCAA finish in school history, after having finished eighth overall at the 2012 NCAA Championships, and it marks the first time in program history that UCLA has logged consecutive top-10 finishes at the national event. Congratulations to 12th-year head coach Amy Fuller Kearney and her staff for that accomplishment.

UCLA Student-Athletes Participate in Community Service Activities
Several UCLA student-athletes donated their time and talents to participate in a trio of community service activities over the weekend.

Sixty Bruins representing nine different teams at UCLA participated in the end-of-year event for the Prime Time Games, held on campus last Saturday. The Prime Time Games are a community outreach program started by Bruins' Athletic Performance Coach Mike Linn four years ago. The Prime Time Games join at-risk middle school students with local special needs students in a coach/athlete environment, with the middle school students acting as coaches and the special needs students as the athletes.

Meanwhile, a number of current football student-athletes refurbished and painted a house in South Los Angeles for Courtney Morgan, UCLA Director of Football Player Development and High School Relations, served as the liaison between the charity and the football program.

Also on Sunday, members of UCLA teams volunteered for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation which hosted its annual A Time for Heroes event. The event, held in Century Park, brings more than 1,000 Los Angeles supporters and families affected by HIV together to play interactive sports games, get creative with arts and crafts, dance to some great music and enjoy a variety of unbelievable food donated by LA's hottest restaurants -- all while helping to end pediatric AIDS worldwide. UCLA Athletics' presence at the event was coordinated by Assistant Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development Ashley Armstrong.

Reminder: On the Road Series Continues in Costa Mesa This Week
Fresh off a successful Southern California debut last week in Westlake Village, the UCLA On the Road series entitled "How Champions Are Made" continues this week and next.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 5 at the Westin South Coast Plaza - featuring Cori Close and Jim Mora.
  • Tuesday, June 11 on the field at the Rose Bowl Stadium - featuring Cori Close and Jim Mora.

Each of the sessions costs $20 to attend and will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:15 pm speaking program.

The events are presented through a partnership of UCLA Development, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Wooden Athletic Fund. For more information, or to register for any of these events, please visit ontheroad.ucla.edu. Note that, per the UCLA Foundation, this week's event in Orange County is only open to UCLA Alumni or donors who have given to any area of the university, including the Wooden Athletic Fund, over the span of the previous five years.

The Rose Bowl event is open to all UCLA football season ticket holders as well. To RSVP, please call the Wooden Athletic Fund Office, 310-206-3302.

Women's Basketball and Gymnastics Teams Host Select-A-Seat in Pauley
Interested in becoming a season ticket holder for UCLA Women's Basketball and/or UCLA Gymnastics? Be one of the first to see and gain access to newly-available season ticket locations for both teams at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Select-a-Seat Open House, this coming Saturday, June 8, at 3 pm.

An advance RSVP is not required. Please enter through the EAST doors of Pauley Pavilion. Pay-by-space parking for the event is available in lots 4, 6 and 8.

Football Mini Plan and Single-Game Tickets on Sale Now
In case you may have missed it earlier this week, all 2013 UCLA football mini plans and single-game tickets are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN or visit uclabruins.com/tickets.

Bruins at the Beach is Right Around the Corner
If you haven't yet signed up, please do so now for the inaugural Wooden Athletic Fund "Bruins at the Beach" fundraiser event on Saturday, June 22. This exclusive event will be held at the beautiful The Strand at Headlands in Dana Point, and will begin with a sunset toast overlooking a breathtaking view of the Orange County coastline.

The event will feature gourmet food, artisan hand-crafted cocktails, and decadent desserts, including a build-your-own-s'mores station.

If gorgeous views, warm ambiance, live music and great food and drink aren't enough to get you to Dana Point for this incredible evening, perhaps our silent auction or our guest list will. UCLA Head Coaches Jim Mora and Steve Alford will be in attendance, as will Bruin legends, including basketball great Bill Walton and former UCLA Football Coach Terry Donahue.

This one-of-a-kind fundraiser is $500 per person and is limited to 100 guests. All proceeds from this event benefit the Wooden Athletic Fund, which directly supports UCLA's 600-plus student-athletes. Attending the event will not only give you a night full of great memories, but also the knowledge that you are supporting Bruin student-athletes in all areas of their lives; athletically, academically, and in the community.

To RSVP, please call the Wooden Athletic Fund Office, 310-206-3302, or visit woodenathleticfund.com/bruinsatthebeach for more information.

IMG Academy Dedicates its Center for Personal Development to Coach Wooden
Last week, in a special ceremony, IMG Academy dedicated its Center for Personal Development in Florida to legendary coach John Wooden. The facility will be known as the John R. Wooden Center for Character & Leadership and will continue to provide education and training to student-athletes in areas like leadership and mental toughness.

Coach Wooden's principles of leadership and his `Pyramid of Success' are integrated into IMG Academy's leadership curriculum. The programming extends beyond student-athletes, and is available to coaches, corporations, the military and other groups.

For a photo gallery from the dedication ceremony, please click here.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

As you are likely aware from the news today, the Wooden Classic has been replaced by The Wooden Legacy, an NCAA "Exempt Event", which therefore limits any school's participation to once every four years, per NCAA rules. The full event press release, as distributed by ESPN, can be found here.

As our loyal fans, you know how important the Wooden Classic was to all Bruins and to Coach Wooden's family. Though our direct participation in the tournament will now be limited, Coach's family and UCLA are excited that the event's owners have joined forces with ESPN to continue to honor Coach for years to come by expanding the field and increasing national television exposure for the Wooden Legacy.

That said, due to our rich history in the Wooden Classic, UCLA plans to be there every fourth year. We are already committed to play in the Wooden Legacy in 2016, our first possible opportunity, and we are excited about being a part of this great event in the future.

Please click here to see the feature story on UCLABruins.com about the event.

Speaking of Bruin legends, I wanted to also take some time to congratulate both this year's class of UCLA Athletics Hall of Famers (click here for entire list) and the 25-person committee that elected them. The class is an outstanding one that all Bruins can be proud of, and the committee, led by chair Dr. Jim Gordon and vice chair, Kim Po, did an amazing job sifting through the nominations and selecting those most worthy of the honor.

The induction dinners have been among my most cherished memories in my tenure as athletic director at my alma mater, and I can't wait for the festivities in October.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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