Oct. 18, 2011
UCLA Athletics hosted an estimated 10,000-15,000 elementary, middle and high school students on Oct. 8 at the UCLA vs. Washington State football game through the I'm Going to College program.
"I'm Going To College" couples the excitement and tradition of UCLA Athletic events with a message about the importance of pursuing higher education. This "I'm Going To College" event is the first of five that will be held throughout the academic year at a variety of sporting competitions.
Current UCLA students and student-athletes volunteered their afternoons, engaging with local students and teachers in a fair before the game. The fair featured several activities, including face painting, athlete autographs, college trivia, a college admission booth and carnival style games. Classrooms were also taught the 8-clap in preparation for the game. After the fair, classrooms headed to the Rose Bowl to watch the Bruins defeat the Cougars in an exciting victory.
Through "I'm Going To College" UCLA has encouraged young people, some who have never considered college before, to strive for a higher education. By placing young students into a collegiate atmosphere that stresses the excellence of both education and athletics, UCLA hopes to build positive relationships with young people in the community and motivate them to continue achieving goals in both school and life.