CSU, Chico News

Students in Club Sports Collect Food for Those in Need

Date: 12-21-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s competitive collegiate sport clubs collected 1,242 cans and other food items in 10 days this month as part of a holiday food drive to benefit the Jesus Center in Chico.

The students greatly exceeded last year’s total of 475 items in the second year of collecting food for those less fortunate in the community. In prior years, the student athletes had collected toys for needy families.

“The clubs did a great job with this food drive,” said Mary Wallmark, director of sports clubs for CSU, Chico. “It was exciting for the students to bring the food to the Jesus Center and see how gracious the staff was in accepting it. What an opportunity it was for these students – hopefully the experience of giving can become a lifelong habit for them.”

CSU, Chico has one of the oldest and largest club sports programs in the state of California. Among the 26 programs are club teams that compete against other colleges.

The competitive sport clubs that took part in the food drive are cycling, field hockey, inline hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s ultimate, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s and women’s volleyball and wakeboard.

The annual holiday food drive is headed up by the Sport Club Council, CSU, Chico’s governing body for competitive clubs on campus.