Gauchos Give


Launched in October of 2008, the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative allows every Gaucho team, coach, and staff member to give back to the campus and local community. This outreach includes free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

Giving back to the Isla Vista and greater Santa Barbara communities is a strong mission of the entire UCSB campus.

Part of the Gauchos Give program allows groups (non-profit or charitable) to enjoy games on campus for free. Throughout the year, a large number of tickets are reserved for groups to enjoy a game at no cost. For more information on the Gauchos Give Tickets program, click here or call (805) 893-UCSB.

UCSB's Student Athletic Advisory Board (SAAB), which is made up of several student-athletes across all 20 teams, is the core of Gauchos Give.

Gauchos Give is part of UCSB Athletics' Dare to Be Great program, the strategic plan to provide support for student-athlete scholarship costs, operating resources, and athletics facilities upgrades. The focus is also on funding women's athletics programs at UCSB, community outreach, and developing every student-athlete into a leader.


UCSB's Kids to College Program, is an ongoing outreach effort to give local youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of athletic events at the collegiate level in person. All youth (8th grade and under) are admitted FREE to designated games throughout the year. More

The Gauchos Give Tickets Program is part of UCSB Athletics' ongoing effort to be a positive and contributing member of the Santa Barbara and Central Coast communities. Through this program, UCSB Athletics will extend ticket privileges to charitable or nonprofit organizations that assist those who might not have the opportunity to attend a UCSB Athletics event. More


Gaucho Athletes 'Holiday Angels/Adopt-a-Family' Project Provides Christmas for Isla Vista Families - Dec. 28, 2010

UC Santa Barbara Athletics, led by the Gauchos' Student-Athlete Advisory Board, raised more than $2,300 for its annual "Holiday Angels/Adopt-a-Family" holiday project. The money was used to purchase Christmas gifts for three less fortunate families in Isla Vista, UCSB's neighboring community. More

UCSB SoccerTeams Run Over 100 AYSO Practice Sessions - Sept. 24, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's soccer teams completed their annual AYSO soccer clinics in the Santa Barbara community this week. Through the clinics, which are part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative, UCSB's student-athletes donated 150 hours of their time to teach youth soccer players in Santa Barbara. More

AYSO Skills Day Proves to be a Huge Success - Aug. 31, 2010
On Aug. 28, the UCSB men's and women's soccer programs teamed up with Santa Barbara AYSO for the first AYSO Skills Day at Girsh Park. The event proved to be a huge success with approximately 1,000 AYSO players, parents and coaches showing up to participate in clinics and skills training run by the Gauchos. More

UCSB Athletics Announces 2010 Community Programs for Soccer - June 11, 2010
UCSB Athletics has announced its community outreach programs for the 2010 soccer season. Programs include opportunities for local youth to serve as ball kids at Gaucho games, have UCSB soccer stars coach their practice, the chance to play games during halftime at Harder Stadium and much more! More

Gauchos Give Tickets in Honor of Emergency Services Week - May 17, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara athletic Ticket Office distributed ticket vouchers to local police, fire and search-and-rescue stations this week in honor of Emergency Services Week, which is from May 16-22. More

Gauchos Give Tickets in Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Ticket Office distributed ticket vouchers this week to area schools in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is from May 3-7. More

Gaucho Athletic Trainers Donate Medical Bags to Direct Relief International - Mar. 31, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Training staff donated 10 medical bags to Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief International to be used as medical material assistance around the world. More

UCSB and Soles4Souls Proved to be a Great Success - Mar. 16, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's basketball programs helped gather nearly 700 shoes at two home games - and by setting up a bin in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus - in a recent campaign with Soles4Souls, Inc. that helped the earthquake victims in Haiti receive footwear. More

UCSB Men's Basketball Will Collect Shoes for Donations to Soles4Souls - Mar. 2, 2010
The UCSB men's basketball team will be accepting new and used shoes during the Wednesday, Mar. 3 game to donate to Soles4Souls Inc. in an effort to help out the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. More

UCSB Women's Basketball Will Collect Shoes for Donations to Soles4Souls - Feb. 24, 2010
The UCSB women's basketball team will be accepting new and used shoes during the Saturday, Feb. 27 game to donate to Soles4Souls Inc. in an effort to help out the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. More

Gaucho Forces Combine for Goleta Beach Clean-Up - Feb. 23, 2010
Approximately 40 student-athletes, 15 staff and 12 donors participated in a beach beautification project at Goleta Beach on Sunday, Feb. 21. More

Gaucho Athletes Continue to Give Back with Several Community Service Projects - Jan. 26, 2010
UC Santa Barbara student-athletes spend thousands of hours in community service each year and the 2009 fall quarter was no exception. More

Women's Basketball Offers Helping Hand - Jan. 13, 2010
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team recently put on a clinic for local basketball-enthused youths at the YMCA in Santa Barbara. More

Gaucho Basketball Provides Holiday Shopping Spree for Local Kids - Dec. 17, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team provided 40 local underprivileged children with a "Holiday SWishes" shopping spree on Tuesday evening. More

Secret Angels/Adopt-a-Family Project Provides Christmas for Isla Vista Families - Dec. 9, 2009
UCSB Athletics, led by the Gauchos' Student-Athlete Advisory Board, raised more than $2,350 for its Secret Angels/Adopt-a-Family holiday project. More

UCSB Men's Basketball Honors Mathletes - Dec. 7, 2009
The UCSB men's basketball team - for the third year in a row - reached out to local elementary school students with its Mathlete Program. More

Gaucho Women's Tennis Pro-Am Raises Money for Area Youth Program - Dec. 4, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team recently held a Pro-Am Tournament to raise funds for the Match Point Tennis Program, a local program that benefits elementary school children in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas. More

Gauchos Give Back to Next Generation of Soccer Stars - Oct. 19, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's soccer teams have recently completed its annual AYSO soccer clinics in the Santa Barbara community with the players helping run over 100 practices. More

UCSB Men's Soccer Collecting Cleats on Friday - Sept. 30, 2009
For the second consecutive year, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is running a donation drive collecting soccer cleats for children in Africa, starting at the Friday, October 2 nationally televised game against Indiana. More

UCSB Athletics Teams With Bridges of Hope International to Make Lasting Difference in South Africa - Sept. 21, 2009
UCSB Athletics is pleased to partner with Bridges of Hope International, a Santa Barbara based 501C3 Non-Profit Organization, to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who have been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in urban slums of South Africa. More

Several Activities Planned to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Gaucho Exhibition - Sept. 21, 2009
In conjunction with its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce that Tuesday's exhibition soccer match against the Mexican U-17 National Team will feature several elements honoring Hispanic culture. More

UCSB Athletics Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept. 15, 2009
UCSB Athletics is proud to announce it will promote the awareness of Hispanic Heritage Month. The national celebration runs every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. More

Gauchos Will Host Under-17 Mexican National Team in Soccer Exhibition on Sept. 22 - Sept. 8, 2009
As part of UCSB Athletics' celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Gaucho men's soccer team will host an exhibition match against Mexico's U-17 National Team at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. More

Men's Soccer Participates in UCSB's Children's Day - Aug. 31, 2009
Members of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team volunteered at the 6th annual UCSB Children's Day festivities on Friday, August 21 on campus. For their part, the men's soccer team led the participating kids in a skills and drills session followed by a quick scrimmage. More

Tennis Teams Take Part in Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic - June 3, 2009
On May 27, the women's and men's tennis teams put away their rackets for a day and instead utilized their reading skills and voices to help others as they took part in the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic program at the organization's Santa Barbara Unit in Goleta, Calif. More

Gaucho Athletes Aid Isla Vista Playground Makeover - May 27, 2009
In March, UC Santa Barbara's Student-Athlete Advisory Board was part of the Big West Conference coin drive, spearheaded by the league's Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Gaucho athletes raised $750 for the Isla Vista Youth Project and in mid-May, they saw firsthand the result of their efforts. More

Gaucho Teams Take Part in Annual Santa Barbara Children's Festival - May 21, 2009
Three UC Santa Barbara athletics teams - women's tennis and both basketball programs - worked as volunteers at Santa Barbara's annual Children's Festival, held on Saturday, May 16 in Alameda Park and Kids World near downtown. More

UCSB Swimmers 'Coach' Special Olympians - May 18, 2009
For the last two years, the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swimming teams have been spending Saturday afternoons at Los Baños Pool in Santa Barbara coaching and encouraging Special Olympians. More

UCSB Athletics Celebrates National Emergency Services Week With Free Tickets to Series Against No. 1 UC Irvine - May 18, 2009
The UCSB Athletics Department will celebrate National Emergency Services Week by inviting all emergency services personnel to attend, at no charge, the Gaucho baseball team's final regular season series against top-ranked UC Irvine on May 22-24 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. More

UCSB Athletics to Take Part in American Cancer Society Relay for Life - May 14, 2009
UCSB Athletics will sponsor a team in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The team, co-captained by Assistant to the Director of Athletics Hazel Ando and Assistant Athletics Trainer Greg Waltner, has been named "Gauchos for Life." More

UCSB Women's Soccer Assists Elementary Students With Project - May 5, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team recently assisted first, second, and third grade students from the Montessori Center School in Goleta with an assignment that was part math/physics and part cultural. More

UCSB to Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week with Free Admission to Softball - Apr. 27, 2009
UCSB Athletics is happy to announce that it will be offering free tickets to local educators for this weekend's Big West Conference home softball series against UC Davis in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. More

UCSB Athletics Announces Tickets to Care Program - Apr. 17, 2009
As part of its effort to be a positive and contributing member of the Santa Barbara and Central Coast communities, UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce the Tickets to Care program. More

UCSB Head Athletics Trainer Leroy Heu Serves as Mentor to UCSB Student - Apr. 10, 2009
Leroy Heu, UCSB's Head Athletics Trainer and Assistant Athletics Director is giving back. More

UCSB Offering Free Baseball Tickets to Boys and Girls Club Members - Apr. 8, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department is offering free tickets to the baseball games on April 18 and 19 to Boys and Girls Club members from Lompoc to Ventura. More

UCSB's Student Athlete Advisory Board Raises Money for Two Charities - Mar. 25, 2009
UC Santa Barbara's Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) recently took part in the second annual Big West Charity Coin Drive competition, raising nearly $1,500 - half of which will go to the Isla Vista Youth Project. The effort was part of the "Gauchos Give" community outreach initiative. More

UCSB Continues Effort to Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer with 'Pink Week' - Mar. 18, 2009
In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its sporting events on Mar. 28, 2009. More

Gaucho Tennis Teams to Conduct Free Kids Clinic Sunday - Mar. 18, 2009
The UCSB men's and women's tennis programs will conduct a free instructional clinic for local kids on Sunday, Mar. 22 following the men's match against Dartmouth. The clinic, which is being offered as part of the Gauchos Give Community Outreach Initiative, will be held at the Recreation Center Tennis Courts on campus. More

UCSB Invites Youths to the Ballpark Through Baseball Buddies and Softball Sidekicks - Mar. 6, 2009
UC Santa Barbara is proud to invite youth baseball and softball teams to come out and be a part of the Baseball Buddies and Softball Sidekicks programs that the Athletics Department is running. These programs are part of the "Gauchos Give" Athletics Department initiative. More

UCSB's Pink Zone Event a "Huge Success" - Feb. 25, 2009
On Tuesday the UC Santa Barbara baseball team and the women's basketball team wore pink in their respective games to raise breast cancer awareness and became one of the first-known universities to produce a multi-sport Pink Zone event. More

Assistant Baseball Coach John Kirkgard Holds Coaching Clinic in Santa Ynez - Feb. 25, 2009
UCSB assistant baseball coach John Kirkgard, a 13-year Gaucho veteran, shared some of his coaching philosophies and expertise to 14 coaches from the Santa Ynez PONY Baseball League Tuesday night following the Gauchos' 7-6 victory over UCLA. The program was part of the "Gauchos Give" Athletics Department initiative. More

UCSB Athletics Donates 300 Tickets for Feb. 21 Men's Basketball Game to United Way - Feb. 18, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department has donated 300 tickets to its Saturday, Feb. 21 basketball game against Montana State to the United Way. The tickets were donated as part of the "Gauchos Give" community service initiative. More

Gauchos Conduct Health and Fitness Seminar for Kids at Boys and Girls Club of Goleta - Feb. 12, 2009
Three members of the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team - players Emilie Johnson and Whitney Warren, and Director of Operations Araceli Gil - conducted a seminar at the Goleta Boys and Girls Club on Health and Fitness and their importance to everyday life. The program was part of the "Gauchos Give" Athletics Department initiative. More

Save The Date - Pink Zone is Feb. 24 - Feb. 10, 2009
Save the date because on Tuesday, Feb. 24, UC Santa Barbara will participate in a pair of Pink Zone events in honor of breast cancer awareness. More

Gauchos Kick-Off Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Luncheon on Monday - Feb. 2, 2009
As part of a weeklong celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, several UC Santa Barbara athletes, as well as coaches and administrators attended a luncheon on Monday put on by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table at Earl Warren Showground. More

To Honor National Girls and Women in Sports Day, UCSB Presents the Women's Basketball Youth Essay Contest - Jan. 20, 2009
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day during its Saturday, Feb. 7 game vs. UC Irvine. The theme this year is "Look Who's Playing" and girls are encouraged to take part in our first-ever essay contest. More

UCSB Women's Basketball Team Holds Clinic for Local Youths - Jan. 13, 2009
On Monday the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team held a free basketball clinic at the YMCA to teach area youths some fundamentals of the game. The free basketball clinic is part of the "Gauchos Give" community outreach initiative. More

Gaucho Basketball to Salute Mathletes at Saturday's Game Against Cal State Fullerton - Jan. 5, 2009
On Saturday, Jan. 10, the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team will honor its newest teammates - 150 third grade students from the Goleta community. The students have completed the UCSB Men's Basketball Mathlete Program and will be recognized for their accomplishments at the game against Cal State Fullerton. More

Gaucho Basketball Players Take Local Kids on Shopping Sprees - Dec. 16, 2008
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's basketball teams provided 52 local underprivileged children with a "Holiday SWishes and Baskets of Fun" shopping spree on Monday evening as part of the Athletic Department's "Gauchos Give" community outreach program. More

Gauchos Athletes 'Secret Angels/Adopt-a-Family' Project Provides Christmas for Isla Vista Families - Dec. 12, 2008
UC Santa Barbara athletes, led by the Gauchos' Student Athlete Advisory Board, raised over $2,000 for its "Secret Angels/Adopt-a-Family" holiday project. The money will go directly to the purchase of Christmas presents for less fortunate families in Isla Vista, UCSB's neighboring community. The effort is part of the "Gauchos Give" community outreach program. More

UCSB Basketball Teams Hand Out Tickets to Fire Fighters - Dec. 9, 2008
On Tuesday, members of the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's basketball teams gave out tickets for upcoming games to fire personnel who worked during the recent Tea and Gap Fires. The event is part of the Athletic Department's "Gauchos Give" community outreach program. More

UCSB Basketball Teams to Provide Shopping Sprees for 50 Underprivileged Kids - Dec. 8, 2008
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's basketball teams will provide 50 local underprivileged children with "Holiday SWishes and Baskets of Fun" shopping sprees as part of the Athletic Department's "Gauchos Give" community outreach program. More

UCSB Offering Free Basketball Tickets to Emergency Fire Personnel - Dec. 3, 2008
UC Santa Barbara is offering free basketball tickets for any and all emergency responders that took part in protecting and defending our community during the recent Tea and Gap Fires in the Santa Barbara area. More

UCSB Athletics Will Provide 500 Basketball Tickets to Victims of Devastating Tea Fire - Nov. 17, 2008
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department has made available 500 tickets to any future men's or women's basketball game for victims of the Tea Fire that devastated the Montecito and Santa Barbara areas. More

Operation Thank You: Free Women's Basketball Tickets for Military Personnel and Veterans - Nov. 11, 2008
To commemorate Veteran's Day, the Gauchos are doing something special during their exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 11 vs. Vanguard. More

UCSB Soccer Collecting Goods for Africa Outreach - Oct. 6, 2008
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is beginning a donation drive, starting with the Wednesday, October 8 game against Cal State Northridge, to collect new or used sporting goods for children in Africa. More

UCSB Set to Host Inaugural Basketball Media Preview Luncheon - Oct. 2, 2008
UC Santa Barbara will host its inaugural Basketball Media Preview Luncheon on Nov. 6, 2008 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion on the beach in Santa Barbara. The event will be open to the public as well as the media, and food will be available. More

UCSB Men's Team Hands Down Soccer Skills - Oct. 2, 2008
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has just completed its latest annual free soccer clinics in the community, helping numerous AYSO teams in the local area. More

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