Word From Westwood - Feb. 26, 2013
Feb. 26, 2013
As stated earlier in this space, one of the main purposes of Word from Westwood is to give its readers some perspective from each of the units within the UCLA Athletic Department. This week, we proudly launch the "Compliance Corner" -- a segment that will appear occasionally in the coming weeks and months in an effort to give you timely and topical information from our compliance staff, complementing the units that already contribute regularly to the finished product you read each week.
As always, we hope that you enjoy the new addition and find it as informative as the other sections ...
Men's Basketball Prepares to Conclude Home Slate
Women's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season after Sweep of USC
Head coach Cori Close's Bruins conclude the regular season this weekend at the Arizona schools with the hopes of clinching a first-round bye at next week's Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle. The 21-6, 12-4 Bruins are currently in third place in the conference with a one-game lead on both Colorado and Washington.
UCLA Welcomes ESPN College GameDay to Pauley
Doors will open at 5 am for College GameDay festivities (good news for the students camping out overnight!), and we need UCLA fans to show the nation just how much Bruin pride we have in Westwood! Signs and props are encouraged. State Farm is providing breakfast burritos to the first 500 in attendance, and there will be other prizes and giveaways to be had throughout the morning. The event is open to any UCLA fan wearing blue!
NCAA Art Collection in Pauley for ASU Game
UCLA's 11 original art pieces will be up for auction for approximately 10 days, beginning Feb. 28, at www.ncaa.com/Art, which will also have for sale 250 limited edition prints of each painting.
Bruins in Running for March Madness' Best
Special Ticket Opportunity Available
Tennis in New Pauley, Anyone?
Olympic Sports Report
Wooden Athletic Fund Announces 2013 Campaign
In this campaign, all current Wooden Athletic Fund donors are being encouraged to increase at least one giving level from what they donated in 2012; all UCLA alumni, fans and friends who are not yet members are encouraged to join the Wooden Athletic Fund at the minimum $100 dollar level; and all current donors are encouraged to refer a new member to the Wooden Athletic Fund in 2013.
Donors are strongly encouraged to renew their membership online at woodenathleticfund.com by clicking "Renew Membership" under the "Donate Now" tab. They will need your 10-digit User Identification Number listed under your name on the Statement of Support. Any donors wishing to contribute specifically to individual sports will once again have the option to do so through program-specific giving clubs, which can be found here. Please remember that donations made directly to individual sports do not count towards priority seating requirements.
For any questions regarding Wooden Athletic Fund or UCLA Athletics Development options, please contact a member of the UCLA Athletics Development team at 310-206-3302.
Compliance Corner: Agent and Amateurism Program
California law also provides some protection for our students from potential harassment. Agents can send initial emails or letters to students but are prohibited from initiating in-person or telephone contact.
Through UCLA's Agent and Amateurism Program, we encourage all sports agents to register with the Compliance Department. We also serve as a resource providing information and logistics for families taking this step. If you are interested in more information, please click here.
As we head into the final men's basketball homestand of the season, I want to take a few moments to thank all of our fans for supporting the team throughout the year. It seems like yesterday that we were standing next to the Coach Wooden statue and opening New Pauley Pavilion to face Indiana State. The bleary-eyed yet ecstatic students, "fresh" from an overnight outside Pauley, took their seats and were joined by Bruin fans to celebrate the start of a new season, a newly-renovated building and, of course, to witness the debut of the 2012-2013 men's basketball team. Now, here we are, approaching March and all its possibilities, looking to conclude the season with two exciting match-ups. Your support this year has been tremendous and appreciated by all of our student-athletes. Now, we need to ask for more.
These two games versus Arizona State and Arizona, as we all know, are critical as we chase the Pac-12 regular season championship. On both nights, a loud and large crowd can be a critical component in providing the energy to propel the Bruins to victory. Think of the electricity the night of the Missouri game in December and the comments from our team after the game about how the crowd lifted them in the second half. We have two more opportunities to do so again, and I urge all that can to come and be loud, have fun, and create the best home court advantage yet at New Pauley Pavilion. On Saturday, we have a unique opportunity to start the "chaos" early as we welcome a national audience from ESPN's College GameDay.
Our staff has been working closely with student leaders and organizations to create an environment that will be fun and energetic, despite the early start. It will be a great showcase for our program and New Pauley Pavilion, as well as the entire UCLA campus. You can join the students, as well, when we open the doors of Pauley to the nation to begin what should be a terrific day.
Thank you again to everyone who has come to games this year or been cheering from afar. This is the best time of the year to be a basketball fan, and it's our chance this week to let the madness begin right here in Westwood.
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