SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly athletic department has announced it will continue its "Hometown Heroes" program that was created to provide underserved children in San Luis Obispo County the opportunity to watch Mustang athletic events.
Now in its second year, Hometown Heroes provides complimentary admission to various games to a variety of youth programs, such as the San Luis Obispo YMCA, SLO Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bakari Project. The program also allows kids other various special opportunities, such as post-game autograph and photo sessions and involvement with in-game promotional events. For more information, see story below.
Story provided by Eric Burdick/Cal Poly Associate Director of Athletics Communications
Cal Poly Athletics is proud to announce the continuation of its Hometown Heroes program presented by Wells Fargo, designed to provide local underserved and at-risk youth in San Luis Obispo County complimentary admission to Cal Poly athletics events.
"The Hometown Heroes program provides a great opportunity for youth to gain exposure to the college campus while gaining valuable mentors in the form of our student-athletes and coaches," said Don Oberhelman, Director of Athletics. "We're thankful for the support Wells Fargo provides to make this program possible."
In its second year, the program provides complimentary tickets to select home athletic events to hundreds of children from different youth programs, including the Bakari Project, San Luis Obispo YMCA and San Luis Obispo Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over 70 youth were able to attend Cal Poly football games in the program's inaugural year and many more will experience the opportunity this year.
"Wells Fargo is pleased to support the Hometown Heroes program," said Mark Corella, Wells Fargo District Manager. "Wells Fargo is aware of the economic challenges our community faces and has placed an ongoing emphasis on supporting organizations like Cal Poly that make a difference in the lives of children. Being a part of this program solidifies our commitment to education and our community."
In addition to the game experience, youth from select organizations also have unique in-game opportunities including post-game autographs from the team, participation in promotions held during halftime and timeouts of select games, and photo opportunities with the spirit groups from Cal Poly.
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