USC, L.A. Sports Council Team Up On `Touchdown For Youth' Program

Aug. 14, 2001

More than 2,500 of Southern California's disadvantaged youngsters will attend the USC-Kansas State football game at the Coliseum on Sept. 8 as part of a special program called 'Touchdown For Youth.' The program is conducted jointly by USC and the Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation.

For each $25 tax-deductible contribution from an individual or corporation, one select youngster will be provided a ticket to the game plus refreshments. Several local companies have already pledged their support and USC jump-started the program with a generous donation of tickets, which will be distributed to youth charities affiliated with the university's athletic department.

Approximately 2,200 youngsters attended last year's 'Touchdown For Youth' game between the Trojans and San Diego State, and this year that number should climb to an all-time high.

'Our partnership on `Touchdown For Youth' to benefit inner-city kids is one of the most rewarding grassroots programs I have ever been associated with,' said Mike Garrett, USC athletic director.

The kids will again be joined by former USC and NFL quarterback Vince Evans, the program's celebrity host. 'I have as much fun being at the game as the kids do. Many of these young people have never seen a real college football game in person, so to watch them react to all the excitement and pageantry is priceless.'

'Touchdown For Youth' was conceived eight years ago by Sheldon I. Ausman, this year's event chairman. Ausman is managing director of Valuation Research Corporation and a corporate officer of the L.A. Sports Council Foundation board of directors.

Since its inception at the 1993 Super Bowl, played at the Rose Bowl, the program has allowed more than 12,000 youngsters the opportunity to attend Los Angeles area football events.

Those interested in making a charitable contribution to 'Touchdown For Youth' can call the TFY hotline at (213) 482-6343.

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