Matador Baseball/Softball Squads Team-up For Successful Canned Food Drive

April 1, 2009

Northridge, Ca. - The final totals are in. Chalk up a winning effort for Cal State Northridge baseball and softball, and the Children's Hunger Fund.

At last Sunday's home baseball game against UC Santa Barbara, and the home softball game against Pacific, both programs teamed up with Children's Hunger Fund and Matador fans who donated more than 351 pounds of non-perishable food and canned food items.

For a canned or non-perishable food donation, patrons gained free admission to both the Matadors softball and baseball games. Even fans from both Pacific and UC Santa Barbara helped fill the barrels of food with hefty donations.

"We would like to thank everyone for their donations," said Matador softball head coach Barbara Jordan, whose Matador softball team ended the day with a 3-2 victory over Pacific. "The fans' generosity is a wonderful example for our student-athletes and university employees to learn from. I hope we can all pass on this example of generosity to help those people that are in need."

The Cal State Northridge baseball team also thanked their fans with an exciting 3-2 decision over UC Santa Barbara.

"The Matador baseball players, coaches and staff are thrilled that Sunday's food drive for Children's Hunger Fund was a success," said Matador head baseball coach Steve Rousey. "We were privileged to be in a position to help children in such a meaningful way."

The Children's Hunger Fund is a non-profit organization that works to provide children with food in some of the most needy regions of the world. The Fund's motto is: "Where need, love and action meet, compassion happens."

"As we serve families in the San Fernando Valley, we value the relationships that are built," said Children's Hunger Fund Founder and President Dave Phillips. "And it is a relationship like this, between Children's Hunger Fund and Cal State Northridge, that can bring lasting hope to the needy in our community."

The Matadors have teamed with Children's Hunger Fund in the past, organizing similar drives around Matador home men's and basketball games.