Bronco Golf Classic Raises $27,000 For Scholarships
Former NFL star and Cal Poly Pomona football coach helps attract sellout crowd
University President J. Michael Ortiz and former NFL star and Cal Poly Pomona Football Coach Roman Gabriel
Former National Football League star and Cal Poly Pomona football coach Roman Gabriel showed recently he can still fill a golf tournament.

Gabriel helped attract a sellout crowd to the Athletic Department’s 25th Annual Bronco Golf Classic. The 18-hole tournament, which Gabriel founded, drew a full field of 144 golfers and raised $27,000 in scholarship money for Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes.

"Scholarships are an integral part of our program," Julie Hall, director of development, said. “In many cases, an athletic scholarship is the only way students can afford an education and we’re fortunate to provide such a precious gift to our student-athletes.”

The Via Verde Country Club in San Dimas hosted this year’s tournament, which raised about $6,500 more than last year’s event. The tournament has raised more than $600,000 for student-athlete scholarships since it was founded in 1980.

Student-athletes served as caddies for each foursome. The foursome of Jim Hall, Dave Hopkins, Darrell Palmer and Ron Paschall took first place with a score of 15 under par 57, which was one stroke better than the second and third place teams.

John Jenkins, Tim Mayeda, Ed Barnes and John Kellogg took second place while Joe Lowden, Mark Marcus, Glenn Shenker and Harold Young placed third. Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and Cal Poly Pomona alumnus Romualdo Ochoa was the putting contest winner
"This was the best golf tournament I've been involved with since I've been associated with Cal Poly Pomona ," David Loud, Golf Tournament Chair, said . "The support from the community has always been great, but Roman's return gave this a year's tournament a special boost. We appreciated Mr. Gabriel coming back to help us with the Silver Anniversary of the Bronco Golf Classic. We're looking forward to working with Roman at future events"

Founded as the “Roman Gabriel Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament,” the event raised money for the Bronco football program. When the fundraiser first started, NFL and television celebrities supported Gabriel’s fundraising efforts. Three years later, it evolved into the Bronco Golf Classic, raising money for all of the department’s sports programs.

Gabriel, who was the 1969 NFL MVP for the Los Angeles Rams and four-time Pro Bowl selection, said he would like to attend next year’s event and continue his support of the tournament.

Broncos Pack The Gym With Record Crowd!!
Big games, big entertainment and big victories
(last held on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004)

Cal Poly Pomona's men's and women's basketball teams enjoyed tremendous support from their fans last Friday night and the enthusiastic crowds helped the Broncos post important wins over Cal State Stanislaus. A record crowd of 1,504 packed Kellogg Gym to witness some exciting basketball. Click here to view Pack the Gym pictures.

Broncos Reach out to Children with Youth Baseball Day
The Broncos take on conference rival Cal State Stanislaus (last held on Saturday, May 4, 2003)

Last year's clinic attendees pose for a picture.

A free baseball clinic and doubleheader marked Cal Poly Pomona’s second annual Youth Baseball Saturday, May 4, 2002.

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team hosted a free clinic for children ages 8-12 on Scolinos Field. A doubleheader followed the clinic.

“This is our way of reaching out to our surrounding community,” Cal Poly Pomona Head Coach Mike Ashman said. “It’s important that these kids are exposed to a college environment and know that they can be here one day.”

Clinic space was limited to the first 50 children who register (pre-registration was required). Everyone was welcome to attend the games. Children ages 12 and under were admitted to both games free throughout the day.

Several Bronco team members were honored, before the games, for their contributions and commitment to the baseball team and the Athletic Department. Among the honorees was be senior catcher Gregor Connors, who was awarded the Daniel Andrews Baseball Endowment Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

“My baseball players are good role models for the kids and we appreciate the additional fans,” Ashman said.

Clinic attendees received free soda, Kettle Korn and a certificate of completion for their work. All children attending the clinic were entered in a drawing to win authentic Bronco baseball jerseys and baseballs autographed by the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. There were also special raffles in which two children won the opportunity to assist the Bronco baseball team as batboys or girls.

Anyone with questions about this years' event (Sunday, April 13, 2003) or wanting to register can call (909) 869-5342 or e-mail with the names and ages of the children being registered.

National Girls & Women In Sports Day (last held on Saturday, Feb 15, 2003): The Cal Poly Pomona Athletic Department celebrates “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” every year. Established in 1987, National Girls & Women in Sports Day calls attention to the positive influence of sports and fitness participation and seeks to advance the struggle for equality and access for women in sports. This year’s celebration was complete with a basketball clinic conducted by Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes. The clinic was offered free of charge to girls ages 8 through 12 throughout the community. Cal Poly Pomona student athletic trainer Heidi Lopez also hosted a health and nutrition discussion in. Children who attended the clinic were treated to pizza and drinks, received a National Girl’s and Women in Sports Day t-shirt and were admitted to the women’s basketball game free. The commemorative day serves to bring national attention to the achievements of women athletes, and to the challenges and issues facing females in sports.

Homecoming (last held on Friday, Feb 21, 2003): The Broncos celebrated their Homecoming as the men’s and women’s basketball teams continued their quest for a CCAA title when they took on Cal State Stanislaus. A homecoming dance followed the men’s game in the University Union.

Night of Champions (last held on Saturday, Feb 2, 2002): Because of the recent addition to our national championship trophies, the Athletic Department set aside a night to honor all of its championship teams as well as the coaches who led them. Bronco Athletics invited more than 2,000 alumni to join in on honoring all 12 of its national championship teams as the men’s and women’s basketball teams took on conference powerhouse Cal State Bakersfield. There was a special reception for student-athlete alumni in the Darlene May Gym between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Alumni who were part of a championship team were recognized in a ceremony during the men’s halftime.

Banner Unveiling (last held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002): Because the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team was crowned National Champions for the 2001-2002 season, the Athletic Department decided to hold a “Banner Unveiling” ceremony. The event was promoted in The Daily Bulletin, The Inland Valley Times, The Poly Post, the university Bulletin, through e-mail, with fliers, through campus distribution and with postcards.

Pomona Unified School District Night (last held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001): The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team did this for the first time last year and hopes to make it an annual event. Last year’s team went to local Pomona elementary schools, during the course of a week, to read and answer questions about college for the children. At the end of the meeting, the basketball players invited the children and their families to attend a specific home game. The night was entitled “Pomona Unified School District Night” and free passes, for the chosen game, were dropped off at those schools.

Cal Poly Associates Appreciation Night (last held on Jan. 27, 2001): The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honors those who have a commitment to excellence in athletics and academics. The members of Cal Poly Associates, Inc. are invited to a social, usually hosted by the university president and his wife at the Manor House. After the reception, members are encouraged to attend the basketball games in Kellogg Gym.

Girl Scout / Boy Scout Night (last held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2001): The Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, decide on a mutually convenient night to invite local troops to attend our basketball games. The troops are recognized over the loud speaker and on our electronic board during the game. Children that arrive in uniform along with their troop leaders are admitted free.

Youth Soccer Night (last held on Oct. 6, 2000): Cal Poly Pomona’s men’s and women’s soccer teams pick a home game during the season in which they extend invitations to local youth soccer teams. Those who attend are admitted free of charge and sometimes given free pizza for their group. About four of the children are randomly selected to be ball girls/boys for that evening’s games.



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