Dec. 30, 2011
It has been a busy week for the Bruin football team in San Francisco as they prepared to play Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday (12:30 PT, ESPN). Along with practice, the Bruins took in the sights of San Francisco and did some community outreach. During the week, UCLA took a tour of Alcatraz, went to the arcade, had a kickoff luncheon and helped feed the homeless. Below are photo galleries and video highlights of the bowl game events.
On Tuesday, UCLA headed over to the storied Alcatraz Island for a night tour of the famed penitentiary where such criminals as Al Capone, George `Machine Gun' Kelly and Robert Stroud (aka Birdman of Alcatraz) were sent to do time for their crimes. The Bruins and Illini rode the ferry together over to Alcatraz and then spent some time touring the island.
Arcade Visit at Pier 39
On Wednesday evening, the Bruins headed over to an arcade at Pier 39 where they spent a few hours playing arcade games, eating dinner and watching bowl games on TV.
Both the Bruins and Illini came together on Thursday for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. Both teams were treated to a lunch, while highlight videos were shown for both UCLA and Illinois. Interim head coach Mike Johnson and players Joseph Fauria and Tevin McDonald represented the Bruins on stage as they had a Q&A session with the emcee.
Visit to GLIDE Church
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the only bowl game in the nation specifically attached to a cause and on Friday, the Bruins had the opportunity to give back to the community as they fed the homeless at GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church. The Bruins helped pack bagged lunches and also served hot meals to the homeless. It was one of the highlights of the week for the Bruins and the San Francisco community.