April 22, 2002
After exchanging letters throughout the season, elementary and middle school students from the greater Los Angeles area were able to watch their pen pal softball players beat Oregon this Saturday. In addition to the 7-0 victory over the Ducks, the day was topped off with photos, autographs, and a meet and greet session. With more than a thousand fans cheering from the stands, Coach Enquist later expressed her appreciation for the Pen Pal's presence at the game. "I want to thank you coming to today's game, you were our tenth man in the crowd. Thank you for your support."
After the game and meeting with Bruin Pen Pal Amanda Freed, JT Bird from Mountain View Middle School commented, "This has been a great experience for my students. It is a perfect opportunity for these kids to establish role models."
In its sixth year running, the Bruin Pen Pal Program continues to reach out to the community, benefiting both students and athletes. The program was initiated five years ago and various teams have taken advantage of this opportunity to give something back. Teams that have been involved with the Bruin Pen Pal Program in the past include the softball, gymnastics, and soccer teams. The program objectives were created to assist children by improving their writing skills, developing relationships with older people whom they may consider role models, and establishing an avenue to build their self-esteem.