Now in its 11th year, the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is prepped to begin the annual Coin Drive this February.
The Coin Drive is a group effort as each school’s SAAC collects coins during the month of February to donate to a charity of its choice.
2018 Coin Drive Charities
Hearst Cancer Resource Center
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Matador Fire Relief Fund
LONG BEACH STATE
CSULB Beach Pantry
YOLO County SPCA
Active Minds @ UCI
Riverside Community Settlement Association
UC SANTA BARBARA
United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund
Hawai'i Pacific American Cancer Society
Cal Poly selected the Hearst Cancer Resource Center that provides guidance, support and resources to patients; the Mustangs look forward to donating to a charity that has a direct impact on the San Luis Obispo community.
The Titans believe that there is no greater way to give back than through organ donation and so chose Donate Life to help educate the community on the need for donors and the donating process.
Long Beach State will be supporting the “Beach Pantry”, the official food pantry for all 49er students who may be in need. The Beach decided to select the Pantry to support their fellow students and to recognize the role that access to nutritious food plays in one’s ability to excel in academics.
UC Davis selected Yolo County SPCA and hopes to help improve the lives of stray animals and aid in adoptions. The Aggies honor their animal-friendly community and look forward to working with the YCSPCA as it prevents animal cruelty.
On selecting Active Minds @ UCI, Irvine said they are enthused to support its mission of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma around mental health issues. The Anteaters are honored to collaborate with the organization.
Hawai‘i SAAC was inspired to select the “UH Relay for Life” and will be donating all proceeds to the cause after years of commitment and service. The UH SAAC began the event 11 years ago and has raised over half a million dollars since the inaugural event.
The Big West Coin Drive has raised over $196,000 with a 10-year aggregate of $196,801.62.
Last year’s total was $20,252.56, the fifth-highest total in the fundraiser's history with the record-breaking sum of $36,271.76 raised in 2013.
For the fourth year in a row, institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities. The top three fundraising SAACs will receive a cash prize to put towards their SAAC budget.
“The commitment the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee has demonstrated to charitable works over the years truly has been inspiring,” said Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “The Coin Drive is a symbol of their dedication and we look forward to the continued growth of the event.”
All are encouraged to bring their change to a Big West school to support a worthwhile cause in the month of February.