Nov. 11, 2009
Written by Justin Saks
Along with community being one of the core values at the University of
San Diego, it is also extremely important to the Toreros athletic
department. This past weekend, the entire department took part in the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes.
"Throughout the year a lot of teams get involved in the community
doing different things, but for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes we came
together as an entire department," said Ron Valenzuela the Coordinator
of Student-Athlete Services at USD.
"The athletic department became involved last year when [USD Executive
Director of Athletics] Ky Snyder became the Corporate Co-Chair of the
JDRF Walk to Cure. It became a way for USD to get involved in three
very important aspects: fundraising, participating and volunteering,"
"Community service is a big part of our identity as an institution and
something we are committed to as a department. Being involved is a way
for our athletes to become a part of the larger San Diego community.
It allows them to be aware of not only themselves but also the
community as a whole. It gives them a sense of belonging and allows
them to be a part of something bigger," emphasized Valenzuela.
The men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and baseball teams
fully participated in the event. Over 300 participants affiliated with
the University of San Diego were involved.
"There was a great turnout. It was inspiring to see how many people
came together to support a very worthwhile cause," remarked Erica
Carlson of the women's basketball team.
In all, there were close to 5,000 walkers and over $640,000 was
raised. "I want to pass my thanks on to the coaches and players who
helped make the event such a success," said Lauren Holcomb, the
Special Events Manager for the JDRF.
"This is just one of the many ways that USD Athletics gets involved.
Community service is something we believe in and are committed to
doing," said Valenzuela.
Next on the calendar for the Toreros is Friday, November 20th, when
they will participate in The Light the Night Walk to benefit the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.