Sept. 29, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team and coaching staff helped plant trees and clean up Angeles National Forest as part of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27. The project put over 500 native pine seedlings in the ground to help restore the forest, which was devastated by the bark beetle.
"We wanted to make sure the players got more involved in our surrounding community," said associate head coach Carla Houser. "One of our goals this season is to give back to our community. We are also doing a Habitat-for-Humanity event later in the year."
The Matadors joined with the TreePeople, a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Los Angeles area for over three decades. Over the past 30 years, the organization has planted over two million trees in the LA Area.
"It was funny to watch Jasmine Erving climb up mountains with her walking boot," added Houser. "All our players had a great attitude at the event, really dug in and sensed the importance of the event."
Houser, Erving and the rest of the Matadors open up the 2008-09 season on Nov. 1 in an exhibition contest against Love and Basketball at 2 p.m. in The Matadome.