Titan Athletes to Celebrate Day for a Week

March 28, 2006

Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will celebrate the April 6 National Student-Athlete Day with a variety of events spread over a full week.

The Titans will first stage an exhibition of their athletic talents on the campus quad on Tuesday, April 4. Patterned after the "pole vault in the plaza" demonstration staged last year by the pole CSDF vaulters, Titan athletes from various teams will demonstrate their sports and interact with other students in the campus quad from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community service will be the focus on Thursday, April 6, when dozens of Titans will volunteer in uniform at Orangewood Children's Home in Orange. The facility is a temporary shelter for children up to 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The goal is to provide positive moments for the children and to show them love and care. The Titans will provide snacks and beverages and conduct sports activities as well as coordinating arts and crafts projects from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

The final event will occur on campus at 6 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 10, when the Titan student-athletes will hear author Michael Franzese as part of their CHAMPs/Life Skills Speaker Series. The son of a kingpin in New York's Colombo crime family, Franzese today is on a mission to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of at-risk youth, professional and student athletes, corporate executives and for anyone seeking inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives. He tells how he engaged bankers, executives, union officials and athletes in a wide variety of financial scams. He describes how he survived dozens of grand jury appearances, three racketeering indictments, five criminal trials and seven years in prison as well as a Mafia death sentence. His autobiography, "Blood Covenant," tells his story from the early days in the mob through his unprecedented move of quitting the mob.

National Student-Athlete Day was founded in 1987. Its purpose is to recognize the importance of student-athletes as role models for the entire community. The goal is to celebrate the excellence achieved in academics and athletics and to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics. More information on the day is available at http://www.nsad.cc.

Fullerton's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is comprised of two representatives from each of the Titans' 17 intercollegiate sports.

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