Northridge Responds to Wild Fires with Aid and Assistance

Oct. 14, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In lieu of practice, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball has decided to spend Tuesday, Oct. 14 to aid in the relief and assistance of those affected by the wild fires currently ongoing in the San Fernando Valley.

"With a tragedy like this, we are just fortunate to be able to get out and help the community," assistant coach Cory O'Dell said. "We are blessed to have the resources available to be able to assist those who are suffering."

The Matadors will be helping the Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church staff serve dinner to those displaced by the fires. The church is led by Pastor Dudley C, Rutherford, the father of Northridge player Kayla Rutherford.

Northridge was actually just in the Angeles National Forest currently mired in the Marek Fire, as the team recently participated in the National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

According to the American Red Cross, more than 750 people have registered at the main evacuation centers throughout the San Fernando Valley, which is also battling the Sesnon Fire.

Following their assistance to the community, the Matadors hope to resume practicing in advance of the season opener, an exhibition contest against Love and Basketball on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. in The Matadome.