Stanford Finds Time To Continue Community Service During Training Camp
Aug. 24, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football team is busy preparing for its season opener versus UCLA on September 1, but despite the rigors of training camp members of the team and staff still found plenty of time to open its doors to area youths during a recent busy five-day period this past Saturday-Wednesday.
'I'm really proud of our football team,' said head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'I think this football team is more conscious than any I've been around in terms of community service and the willingness to do whatever we ask and whatever they come up with.'
Last Saturday morning, Stanford Football hosted a youth clinic put on by local coach and mentor Ben Parks and Stanford Football alum Bill Anderson. The day included football instruction, guest speakers and a BBQ. Angel Tree is an organization that reaches out to the children of prison inmates and their families. This event marked the second year Stanford Football has partnered with the Angel Tree Prison Fellowship.
Stanford players then continued a busy Saturday by appearing at the first Stanford Football Fanfest: Cardinal Boot Camp 2007 before conducting a workout, which was followed by a pair of Pop Warner squaring off at Stanford when the Palmetto Raiders (Miami, Florida) scrimmaged the Palo Alto Knights. The Knights and the Raiders are two of the top teams in the nation.
Over the next four days, Stanford Football hosted more than 50 youths in a variety of activities.
On Sunday morning, several members of the team conducted a meet and greet, a youth football clinic and autograph session for 20 local boys and girls.On Monday and Tuesday, Stanford hosted 30 boys and girls from Menlo Park and Atherton schools that were treated to training table dinner with the team, a flag football game inside Stanford Stadium and an up-close view of the Cardinal in action during an evening practice.
'We're pretty involved in community service, because everyone really enjoys it and knows how important it is,' offered senior quarterback T.C. Ostrander. 'It's a rewarding experience because you're giving something back to kids that you never know could end up being a Stanford Cardinal someday.'
'Our players do a fantastic job of recognizing their responsibility as role models in the community,' added Matt Doyle, Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Football Operations. 'Many of them remember, quite vividly, what it was like to be a young guy looking up to their favorite players.'
The Stanford Football team is committed to an active community outreach program that has helped the program win the prestigious Thomas Ford Award each of the last four years. The award is given to the Stanford Athletics team that 'demonstrates a special commitment to the community.'
During the 2006-07 academic year Stanford Football was involved with groups and projects such as the 2nd Mile Project, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Community Day on The Farm, KIPP Foundation School Visits, Read Across America, Ronald McDonald House, Stanford Youth Olympics and the YES Reading Program.
Stanford wraps up its 2007 training camp with one workout on both Friday and Saturday at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. Both practices begin at 2:45 pm, PT, and are free of charge and open to the public.
The Cardinal players will enjoy their first day off in nearly three weeks on Sunday before returning to the practice fields Monday to continue preparation for the 2007 season-opener versus UCLA at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, September 1 (12:30 pm, PT) in a game to be televised live nationally by FOX Sports Net.