November 9, 2009

Cal State Northridge Athletics, Children's Hunger Fund Join Forces for Successful Fall Food Drive

Nov. 9, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Athletic Department would like to thank its fans and supporters for their generosity in the recent Matador Athletics Fall Food Drive. Thanks to the donations of all who attended the five events, approximately 1,122 pounds of non-perishable items and canned foods were raised to benefit the San Fernando Valley over a six-day period last week.

"I am so thankful for the generosity of the CSUN and Northridge communities for their support of the Athletic Department food drive," said Athletics Director Rick Mazzuto. "Over one half ton of food was donated and will hopefully make the upcoming holiday season a more joyous one for local families."

With a canned food or a non-perishable donation, fans received free admission to five Matador events including women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's basketball and men's basketball.

The total count of 1,122 pounds surpassed the half-ton goal the CSUN Athletic Department had set heading into the drive. Children's Hunger Fund is a non-profit organization that raises donations of food, clothing, toys and medicines to children in need in various regions throughout the world.

The Matador teams also enjoyed success in their games during the food drive, winning four times. After women's volleyball dropped a tough five-set match to Cal State Bakersfield on Oct. 30, Northridge would go undefeated through the duration of the drive.

Men's soccer defeated UC Riverside 4-1 (Oct. 31), women's soccer bested Long Beach State 1-0 (Nov. 1), women's basketball picked up a 69-53 victory over Cal Lutheran (Nov. 2) in exhibition action and men's basketball routed Cal Lutheran 88-67 (Nov. 4) in a exhibition game to round out last week's action.

The Matadors have teamed up with the Children's Hunger Fund in the past, most recently last April, where CSUN baseball and softball collected over 350 pounds of canned food. The Northridge Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has also worked with CHF on coin drives and by adopting a family during the Holiday season.

"It was a nice gesture by the CSUN Athletics Department and its fans and I hope it is the start of something special," Northridge Men's Soccer Head Coach Terry Davila said. "Our goal is to make the next food drive even more successful and raise even more food for those families and people in need throughout the San Fernando Valley."

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