TLC Toreros Linking to the Community
Community service and social responsibility are important to developing an individual's civic identity and collective voice. The impact of incorporating community service, social awareness and responsibility can increase one's sense of community connection, social consciousness and perspective-taking. Those engaged in public service gain an appreciation of others while exploring and assessing their own values, ethics and ideas. A commitment to the community is a fundamental part of the University's culture and identity and USD Athletics has partnered with multiple organizations to provide service learning opportunities for Torero student athletes.
FUNDRAISERS and TRIBUTES
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Light the Night Walk
This is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to people fighting cancer by raising funds for cancer research. Former Torero Men's Tennis coach and USD employee, Tom Hagedorn, courageously battled leukemia and passed away peacefully in 2009. The life of "Haggy" continues to be remembered and celebrated by student athletes, coaches and administrators. USD Athletics will always keep living the dream!
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Walk to Cure Diabetes
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. For the past five years, the USD Athletic Department and student-athletes worked to create a team that raised funds and participated in the walk to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This past year USD again received the San Diego Chapter Top School Team Fundraiser - San Diego Walk for service and work with the JDRF.
During the holidays, USD student-athletes help bring joy into the lives of less fortunate families of the Mission Valley YMCA through the 9th annual TLC Toy Drive, Donate a Dollar and Adopt a Family programs. The program has benefited more than 105 families by providing over $11K in donations and hundreds of gifts.
TORERO ACHIEVEMENT CLUB
In its fifth year, USD's Torero Achievement Club outreach program with the SD County Office of Education has brought over 6000 students, parents and school staff members from local elementary and middle schools to tour the USD campus and watch the Torero Football and Men's Basketball teams compete at Torero Stadium and Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Torero Achievement Club was initiated to strengthen school-university relationships. A child's sense of community is closely associated with their feelings of being valued and cared about, treated in a caring way and being accepted as a part of community. Visiting a college campus has the potential to create a memorable and lasting impression. Nothing beats going to a university and getting a firsthand view of a college to validate one's interest in pursuing a college education. Postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments that individuals make and that a university can make in its community.