Big West Champs Visit Isla Vista Elementary

The 6th grade class at Isla Vista Elementary School had a special last day of school on Friday, May 30th. Three Gauchos held a one-hour soccer clinic where the kids were able practice drills and scrimmage with the players. Big West Freshman of the year Ismalia Jome, Armand Bagramyan, and goal keeper and Big West All-Freshman Team member, Josh McNeely were all in attendance. The kids were excited to work side-by-side with the Big West Champions. Image


UCSB at La Cumbre Jr. High & More

Waid Ibrahim, the Gaucho’s Community Outreach Coordinator, has been visiting local Santa Barbara schools working with kids from all over the community. Ibrahim, a Ghana native and former gaucho player at UCSB for three years, recently visited La Cumbre Jr. High to participate in their Career Day.

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

He helped guide graduating students in their decisions looking forward to high school and beyond. He spoke about how he chose his path and what it means to be a coach, regardless if athletics are involved. Waid also visited Santa Barbara High School where he held a seminar for freshman, many of who will be first generation college students. Keep up to date with future UCSB Gaucho’s events by following our blog. 


The Gauchos are gearing up for the 2014 season, on and off the field! Over the past few months, members of the UCSB Men’s Soccer Team, led by the team’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Waid Ibrahim, a former UCSB forward, have been getting involved working with our community’s youth.

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

The UCSB Men’s Soccer Team players, Ismaila Jome, Isaiah Trejo, John Rehl, and Andy Perez visited Goleta Elementary to hold a one-hour clinic. The clinic emphasizes individual instruction in a fun-filled environment. The Gaucho’s also sent all of their freshman players to participate in the El Camino Elementary Jogathon to raise money for their school. The players ran alongside the kids, supporting them every step of the way.

The Gauchos love giving back to the community and exciting kids about higher education and student athletics. For more information on up-coming events, please visit our Community Outreach Page.

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”


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


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:

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