WHAT: NBA champion Jordan Farmar will host his third annual reunion luncheon at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for approximately 80 pediatric patients and their family members who participated in his Making Dreams Come True program during the past three basketball seasons. Farmar will also visit additional pediatric patients at their bedsides and deliver goodie bags.
The carnival-themed event will include lunch, game booths and a build-a-stuffed animal station. A basketball court will also be set up on the outdoor terrace for kids to shoot hoops with Farmar.
WHEN: Saturday, July 31
â€¢ 12:30 p.m.: Jordan Farmar arrives. â€¢ 1-2 p.m.: Farmar visits with patients at bedside, delivers goodie bags.
BACKGROUND: Since its inception in 2007, Jordan Farmar's Making Dreams Come True program has allowed patients and family members to attend a Lakers game and participate in a meet-and-greet with Farmar and other players after the game. A former UCLA basketball star, Farmar established the nonprofit Jordan Farmar Foundation to support charitable programs that build values, develop character, create opportunities and promote positive attitudes, with an emphasis on youth sports programs. Farmar, who won two NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers, will join the New Jersey Nets for the 2010-11 season.
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Albin, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-8672
PARKING: Please call media contact to arrange parking.
There are five changes to the 2010-11 UCLA men's basketball schedule. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Both weekends against the Arizona schools (home and road) have flipped, so UCLA is now hosting ASU on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Arizona on Saturday (Feb. 26). The Bruins will travel to Arizona on Thursday (Jan. 27) and Arizona State on Saturday (Jan. 29).
The final amendment is the only actual competition date to change. The Bruins' contest at California has been moved from Saturday to Sunday (Feb. 20).
Following last week's victory at the ING New England Classic, UCLA
alumna Tiffany Joh captured second place at the at The Invitational at
Concord Sunday. Joh fired rounds of 72-79-65--206 (-10) to finish one shot behind winner Jenny Shin. Joh pocketed $11,000 and improved her position on the Futures Tour money list to No. 5 with $36,985 this season.
5 p.m. EDT: News conference at the Manhattan W Hotel featuring all 10 coaches and the unveiling of new Pac-10 logo. 6 p.m. EDT: Private cocktail reception at W's "Whiskey Blue" with TV executives, corporate sponsors, former players and other VIPs. 8 p.m. EDT: Coaches eat dinner with ESPN's "GameDay" crew.
Wednesday (New York, ESPN)
Morning: Coaches will ring the opening bell at NASDAQ and then conduct East Coast media interviews. 11 a.m.EDT: Bus to ESPN offices in Bristol, Conn., where players and coaches will do interviews on various ESPN platforms. 5 p.m.EDT: Charter flight to Los Angeles
Thursday (at Rose Bowl, all times PDT)
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Coach and player group interview session (field)
9:30 a.m. - Introduction and format - Dave Hirsch 9:35 a.m. - Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott 9:45 a.m. - Paul Wulff & DE Kevin Kooyman, Washington State 10:00 a.m. - Dennis Erickson & PK Thomas Weber, Arizona State 10:15 a.m. - Rick Neuheisel & FS Rahim Moore, UCLA 10:30 a.m. - Steve Sarkisian & LB Mason Foster, Washington 10:45 a.m. - Jeff Tedford & LB Mike Mohamed, California 11:00 a.m. - BREAK 11:15 a.m. - Lane Kiffin & QB Matt Barkley, USC 11:30 a.m. - Jim Harbaugh & FB/LB Owen Marecic, Stanford 11:45 a.m. - Mike Riley & RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State 12 noon - Mike Stoops & QB Nick Foles, Arizona 12:15 p.m. - Chip Kelly & DT Brandon Bair, Oregon 12:30 p.m. - Pac-10 video presentation
12:30-2:30: One-on-one coach/player interviews during luncheon.
6:00 p.m.: Reception/Dinner at the Fox Network Studios: Joe Buck and UCLA Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman emcee event.
Former UCLA ballplayers Jack Santora and Nick Theodorou are playing in the 2010 European Baseball Championships from July 23 through August 1 in Germany. Santora, a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, will play for Italy, while Theodorou, a four-year letterwinner from 1995-98, is competing for Greece.
Santora and Theodorou will take the same field on Saturday, July 24, as Italy faces Greece in a pool-play contest in Heidenheim, Germany. Italy opens the tournament against Spain on Friday, while Greece takes on Sweden in its opening contest.
Santora starred on the infield for UCLA, posting a career .281 batting average with 10 home runs and 75 RBI in 194 games. The native of Monterey, Calif., was selected in the 19th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played in the minor leagues through 2006.
Theodorou played center field and second base for UCLA during his collegiate career, collecting a .339 batting average with nine home runs, 40 doubles, 93 RBI and 140 runs in 174 career games. The native of Rialto, Calif., currently ranks first in school history with a .475 career on-base percentage.
Selected in the 27th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Theodorou enjoyed an eight-year minor league career, including four seasons in triple-A with the Dodgers' organization (Las Vegas 51s). Most recently, Theodorou served as a color commentator on the UCLA baseball radio network in 2010 with play-by-play announcer John Ramey.
UCLA sophomore offensive guard Stanley Hasiak will not compete for the Bruin football team this season because he did not meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
"This is an unfortunate situation for Stanley," said head coach Rick Neuheisel. "I expect Stanley to work hard to ensure this situation does not occur again. We expect him to help us on the scout team this year and work himself into a contributor for 2011."
Hasiak will have three seasons of eligibility remaining and can count 2010 as a redshirt season.
UCLA All-America safety Rahim Moore will be representing UCLA at next Thursday's Pac-10 Media Day at the Rose Bowl.
Fox Sports West's Courtney Jones recently did a Q&A with the nation's No. 1 player at his position.
Q: Congratulations on representing UCLA at the Pac-10 Conference Media Day on July 29. How special is that honor to you?
A: It's a blessing and it's funny that you mentioned it Courtney because last year, I watched it and said to myself, "I want to do that." And when they told me I was selected this year, I was shocked because it's a huge step and for them to choose me it's an honor. I'm going to rock it and do all I can. I'm going to speak the truth and nothing but the truth. I'm excited; I can't wait.
Q: The dynamics of the Pac-10 are going to be very different in the future than what you have been use to in the past two seasons. How will the addition of Utah and Colorado, shape up the competition in this conference?
A: It's going to shape up a lot differently because when you play teams two or three times throughout your career you have an idea of what they are doing, you are use to their schemes. So now that we have the two teams entering we have to broaden our horizons and not only focus on the Pac-10, we must now study Utah and Colorado. It makes it more competitive and the nature of football better. The addition will give the fans what they are paying their money to see. You might have Cal one week and then Utah the next week. Utah is a big time program and what they have done over there is fantastic. It's a great day in the Pac-10 and I'm sure everybody is looking forward to it. I can't wait for all the teams to face off.
The U.S. Men's Soccer National Team won an ESPY Award Wednesday night for Best Moment. Nine members of the team, including UCLA's own Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber, were at the ceremony to accept the award, which honored the team's thrilling last-minute victory over Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Watch Bocanegra and Landon Donovan's acceptance speech here, via USSoccer.com:
Former UCLA baseball players Garett Claypool and Niko Gallego have begun their respective minor league careers. Claypool, a senior in 2010 who was selected in the 11th round of June's MLB Draft by the Philadlephia Phillies, has gone 2-0 in two relief appearances with the Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League).
Claypool surrendered one run and two hits in his professional debut on July 9, earning the victory in a 4-3 win for Williamsport. The right-hander from West Hills, Calif., tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball on July 12, recording four strikeouts and no walks to notch his second victory in as many relief appearances.
Gallego, a junior in 2010 who was selected in the 27th round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, made his professional debut on Wednesday night for the Visalia Rawhide (high-A, California League). Inserted as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the seventh inning, Gallego struck out in his only plate appearance of the game. Having signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, Gallego has forfeited his final year of eligibility at UCLA.
In the June 2010 MLB Draft, UCLA had 11 players selected (tied with Auburn for the most draft selections of any college baseball program in 2010). Gallego and Claypool are the only players who have signed with their respective professional organizations.
Fred Bohna, who won the 1979 NCAA wrestling championship in the heavyweight division as a UCLA senior, passed away on July 9 after battling illness since early this year.
Bohna starred at Clovis High School, winning the CIF State title as a senior in 1974. He earned a scholarship to UCLA and became one of UCLA's top wrestlers, culminating his Bruin career with his 1979 NCAA title and Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year honors.
Bohna continued to compete internationally following his Bruin career, representing the United States in the Pan American Games. He retired after the 1984 Olympic Games.
The UCLA family extends its sympathies to Bohna's mother Bonnie and other members of the family for their loss.
Six former UCLA women's water polo players helped lead the USA Women's National Team to the gold medal last week at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla, Calif. Team USA outlasted Australia, 12-11, in a shootout to claim its fifth gold medal in the seven-year history of the event.
Kelly Rulon scored twice and Tanya Gandy added one goal to help Team USA secure the gold medal. Other former UCLA standouts participating with the U.S. National Team include Anne Belden, Emily Feher, Jillian Kraus and Courtney Mathewson. Team USA is led by former UCLA women's water polo head coach Adam Krikorian, who currently serve as Associate Head Coach for the Bruins' men's water polo team.
Gandy's recent success on the U.S. National Team was recently featured in an article (available here) published in the North County Times newspaper.
Team USA returns to action at the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand from Aug. 17-22.