Word From Westwood - Sept. 18, 2012
Sept. 18, 2012
As move-in weekend approaches for the general student population this week, UCLA's fall sports teams, which already have been on campus for about a month, have experienced great starts to their seasons. In fact, from September 7-16, UCLA teams combined for an 18-1-1 record, and many of them are ranked among the nation's best in their sport (details below). It truly is a great time to be Bruin ...
Fall Sports Teams Maintain UCLA's Broad-Based Excellence Nationally
The nation's #1-ranked women's volleyball team headlines a group of seven Bruin teams in the Top 20. The defending national champions are joined in the Top 20 by #2 men's water polo, #2 women's soccer, #2 women's golf, #4 men's golf, #12 men's soccer, and #19 football. In addition, the men's cross country team is ranked #27 in the nation.
Football Prepares for Pac-12 Opener Against Oregon State
The Bruins and the Beavers played a barnburner in Corvallis a year ago, with the Bruins coming out on top, 27-19. UCLA leads the all-time series, 41-15-4.
Tickets are still available and start at just $19 apiece. For more information or to buy tickets in advance, please visit UCLABruins.com or call 310-UCLA-WIN.
The game will be televised nationally by ABC and ESPN2 and will also be on AM 1150 KTLK in Los Angeles.
Franklin the Nation's Rushing Leader
Kickoff Set for Colorado Game
Olympic Sports Report
Reminder: Dribble for the Cure Returns on October 21
The event, a partnership between UCLA Athletics, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, is a great time for fans to come out and meet head basketball coaches Ben Howland and Cori Close and their teams, while making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.
Proceeds will fund pediatric cancer research through the PCRF and support the treatment of cancer patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Please visit dribbleforthecure.com/ucla for more information or to register for the event.
Revelry Fast Approaching
Just yesterday, two of our outstanding women's teams, softball and women's golf, hosted their very successful golf tournament fundraisers at Sea Cliff Country Club and Palos Verdes Golf Club, respectively. With a very busy Monday schedule, I did not have the opportunity to play in either of the tournaments, but I was able to head to Palos Verdes to join in the festivities late in the day. This particular tournament is one of the most successful fundraisers put on by one of our teams and, I can assure you, a great time was had by all who participated.
The day-long event begins with the tournament, unique in format because every donor who plays in the event is paired with a member of the team for at least six holes, giving both the donor and the student-athlete the opportunity to interact in a casual, fun environment. Undoubtedly, the score of every foursome improves considerably during those six holes; funny how that works, isn't it?
Arriving in the late afternoon, I joined the student-athletes, coaches and donors for the part of the day to which everyone looks forward, the helicopter drop. For those not familiar with this concept, it is a lottery of sorts where a gentlemen in a helicopter cautiously drops hundreds of pre-numbered balls on a green, trying to come as close to the hole as possible. The person who had previously purchased the ball dropped nearest to the flag, or in the hole, wins the top prize. It is always entertaining to see the face of the lucky winner and the disappointment on the others, and this year was no different as Don Hoefnagel took home a two-night stay at Terranea Resort, daily breakfast at Catalina Kitchen, and golf at The Links at Terranea.
After the ball drop, UCLA cheerleaders, who graciously lent their time to the event, led the crowd in an 8-clap and then dinner was served. After a very successful live auction, conducted by Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, the crowd was entertained by a fireside chat with UCLA Hall of Fame Head Coach, Jackie Steinmann, moderated by the Golf Channel's Kay Cockerill, a Bruin great and former LPGA golf professional who won two U.S. Amateur titles.
Kudos to Carrie, her assistant coach Alicia Um-Holmes, the tournament committee, headed by Phil Frengs, a Bruin Alumnus and President and CEO of The COPi Companies, and all of the sponsors who helped make this event an overwhelming success. It was great to see all of those who participated have a great time, while helping our terrific golf team as they prepare for a national title run this coming season.
Finally, a special thanks to all the donors who supported the golf program and our softball program, as well the 22 other sports on campus. I look forward to seeing you at many of our teams' similar events throughout the school year.
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