Now in its 12th year, the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is prepped to begin the annual Coin Drive this February.
The Coin Drive is a group effort as each school’s SAAC collects coins during the month of February to donate to a charity of its choice.
2019 Coin Drive Charities
Hearst Cancer Resource Center
CAL STATE FULLERTON
LONG BEACH STATE
CSULB Beach Pantry
California Fire Foundation
UC Irvine Health - Breast Cancer Center
Riverside Community Settlement Association
UC SANTA BARBARA
Food From The Heart
Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE)
Cal Poly selected the Hearst Cancer Resource Center that provides guidance, support and resources to patients; the Mustangs look forward to donating to a charity that has a direct impact on the San Luis Obispo community.
Cal State Fullerton has selected Team Impact, a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams.
CSUN will be supporting California Strong to help those affected by the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California.
Long Beach State will be supporting the “Beach Pantry”, the official food pantry for all 49er students who may be in need. The Beach decided to select the Pantry to support their fellow students and to recognize the role that access to nutritious food plays in one’s ability to excel in academics.
UC Davis has selected the California Fire Foundation in the efforts to provide emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
UC Irvine has selected UC Irvine Health - Breast Cancer Center who has an equal focus on breast health, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
UC Riverside will proudly be supporting the Riverside Community Settlement Association, a free youth after school program for low income families.
UC Santa Barbara has selected Food From the Heart because they prepare and deliver healthy nutritious food once a week to those in the community who are dealing with major illness, surgeries, or failing health and cannot take care of themselves.
Hawai‘i has chosen Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE), an organization who supports homeless youth in Hawai'i.
The Big West Coin Drive has raised over $200,000 with an 11-year aggregate of $211,016.99.
Last year’s total was $14,215.37, with UC Riverside coming in first place with a grand total of $3,600.10 raised.
For the fifth year in a row, institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities. The top three fundraising SAACs will receive a cash prize to put towards their SAAC budget.
“The commitment the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee has demonstrated to charitable works over the years truly has been inspiring,” said Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “The Coin Drive is a symbol of their dedication and we look forward to the continued growth of the event.”
All are encouraged to donate to a Big West school to support a worthwhile cause in the month of February.