A Special Visit to Cottage Hospital

Members of the UCSB men’s soccer team recently visited Omar Ibarra, an 11-year old soccer fan who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, at Cottage Children’s Hospital.

Visiting Adam’s Elementary School

As part of the Gauchos Give program, UCSB men’s soccer visited Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara for “College Days”, to promote following college dreams and staying in school.

2013 AYSO Skills Day

Giving back to the community that give us so much

Assistant Coach Greg Wilson Featured on SB Parent Click

“The Key to Sportsmanship”

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Submitted By: SBFitKidz Director, Andra Wilson

Look in the Mirror

From SBFitKidz Director, Andra & SBFitKidz Staff & UCSB Assistant Coach, Greg Wilson

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”- Knute Rockne

We know it when we see it, but how do we make sportsmanship an essential part of life for our kids? From the playground to the professional sports arena, there are literally hundreds of examples of good sportsmanship out there and we’ve all been witness to it. It’s the best feeling in the world to see your child display this coveted quality…and the worst feeling when he or she {or you for that matter} succumb to poor sportsmanship.

Click here for full article.

Gauchos in the Community

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On Friday February 1, UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer attended Foothill Elementary School’s PE classes to teach the students some good ol’ soccer.  Players Matthew Glodack and Daniel Welsh showed the students how to kick and pass the soccer ball around, and then had a friendly game of soccer as a group.  Many of the kids were excited and eager to be taught by their role models and star players.  They answered questions about proper technique, showed the students some really awesome juggling skills they had, and went on to explain to the students how important it was to attend college and receive a degree.  The students in the PE class had a great experience and are extremely excited about student athletics in higher education, and are looking forward to watching the Guachos in the fall!

 

Gauchos Give: All Church Night

For more information on Hands4Others, click the picture above.

On October 5, 2012, the Men’s Soccer team hosted another Gauchos Give event where Hands4Others invited local churches to the game, and a presentation prior.

After the presentation, children attended the game against UC Irvine for free, and adults received half price tickets.  Santa Barbara Community Church, Covenant of Christ and Ocean Hills Church all attended the presentation to learn more about Hands4Others’ mission.

“All Church Night was a great way to give back to the community,” said Sydney Lee, director of Men’s Soccer Operations.  “Hands4Others is an involved non-profit group that had an important message for everyone who came.

Hands4Others is a non-profit organization that strives to provide filtered water for communities without access around the world.  Hands4One has implemented clean water in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Central America.

Lakey Peterson, UCSB alumni and professional surfer, also spoke to the group about ways to get more involved.

 

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4th annual UCSB Holiday Kids Camps

UCSB Holiday Kids Day Camp offers a great week of day camp, December 17-20, and is designed for 5-12 year old boys and girls field players and goalkeepers of all ability levels who are enthusiastic about improving their individual skill in a fun-filled environment.

The Recreational program offers a half-day camp that is designed for field players and goalkeepers who want to improve player’s confidence, creativity and comfort level with the ball.

The Club/Advanced youth program is designed for U9 to U14 boys and girls club level players who desire to improve their individual game. The club camp is a full day challenging program with training sessions emphasizing individual instruction, technical and tactical demands of the game.

The UCSB Holiday Kids RECREATIONAL CAMP is half-day (9:00am-1:00pm) Monday through Thursday and the CLUB CAMP is a full-day program (9:00am- 3:00pm) Monday through Thursday at Hollister School in Goleta.

Come play with and learn from National Champion Coaches, MLS & UCSB Legendary players for a fun-filled week of soccer. Sign up today to receive a FREE UCSB soccer camp T-shirt, top-notch instruction, World Cup games and activities, skills contests, guest appearances by UCSB Legends & MLS players!

We hope to see you this December, for Additional Information & Questions on Winter Camp programs contact us today!

Click here to register today.

Phone: 805-893-6044 Email: menssoccer@athletics.ucsb.edu

Gaucho Guest Coaching

Each year, UCSB student-athletes donate over 5,000 hours of their time to community service in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. Our Gaucho Guest Coaching program takes players from the men’s and women’s soccer teams and matches them up with local youth soccer teams to teach basic soccer skills.

This year, 21 of our Men’s Soccer players, including National Team of the Week player Achille Campion, volunteered their time to run practice sessions for 22 different local youth teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To sign up for one of our Community Outreach programs, please visit our online sign-up page here.

Gauchos Give

Dozens of students from Goleta’s Hollister Elementary School were in attendance at Harder Stadium during last Friday’s 2-1 victory over Valparaiso, as a part of Gauchos Give. Gauchos Give is a program that invites schools, nonprofits, and churches from the community to attend UCSB home games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each school or organization that signs up pays a special discounted rate of $6 per ticket, and kids 8th grade and under get in for free. The Hollister Elementary students were able to participate in several activities throughout the game, including the pre-game player introduction tunnel, face painting, pictures with Olé, and post-game autographs.

For more information about Gauchos Give and how you can get involved, click here http://ucsbgauchos.com/tickets/gauchos_give_tix/index or email Sydney Lee at GauchoYouth@athletics.ucsb.edu. Go Gauchos!

2012 AYSO Skills Day

For the third consecutive year, the UC Santa Barbara soccer programs teamed up with local American Youth Soccer Organization Region 122 for AYSO Skills Day. This year’s event, which was held at UCSB’s Storke Field on Saturday, Aug. 25, drew over 1,500 AYSO players, families and coaches.

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The event was presented free of charge to all AYSO players, coaches and families that chose to attend. Throughout the day, the UCSB soccer players participated in skills training with AYSO players and coaches also had a chance to attend a free clinic. Additionally, AYSO players received autographs from the Gaucho student-athletes and had their faces painted.

“Skills Day this past Saturday was a tremendous success,” head men’s soccer coach Tim Vom Steeg said. “We had over 60 men’s and women’s soccer players take part in the different clinics we had, but we think there was over 1,500 kids and families out (there).”

To view a photo gallery of this event, click here.

Both the women and men’s soccer programs at UCSB participate in extensive community outreach activities throughout the year, including the Gaucho Guest Coaching Program. For more information on these outreach programs and to sign up, click here.

To ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the 2012 campaign, purchase your season tickets now. The popular Family Plan includes five tickets for just $178. This year, the plan will also serve as a Flex Plan with either two season passes and three GKids memberships or five tickets – it’s your call! GKids remains the best value in town for kids with access to every regular season game in every sport while wearing your GKids t-shirt. Call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to purchase your season tickets.

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