June 9, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif.--- Tuesday afternoon, the University of San Francisco women's basketball program presented Northern Light School in Oakland a check, as the Dons' donated their 2010 "Pack The House Challenge" winnings to the East Bay school.
USF was named the West Coast Conference winner for the national-wide contest in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance at women's basketball games.
Northern Light School is committed to providing a high quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, especially those who would not have the opportunity for a private school education. The donation from USF will help in the construction of a multi-sport playing surface and facility at the school.
"The Northern Light School in Oakland is one of my favorite places," commented head coach Jennifer Azzi. "Their motto is 'impossible is nothing'. The kids at the school have overcome so much, from not knowing their parents, to dealing with parents on drugs and financial crisis. However, Northern Light is what education is all about. Kids are respectful and taught to be grateful from the minute they arrive on campus. From that positive spirit they are able to truly excel and make the world a better place. I was proud of Vania and Ashley, two of our players for taking time to visit the kids and present a check from our team."
For the second straight season, the Don's won the "Pack The House Challenge". The national NCAA office sponsors the Challenge. As part of the efforts, NCAA Division I women's basketball marketing staffs select a home game as a "Pack the House" game with the goal of setting an attendance record. One winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions were named. Selections were based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and a $500 donation to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution's choice.
San Francisco selected its game against Stanford on December 22, 2010 as the "Pack the House" game. USF welcomed over 3,441 fans to War Memorial Gym, marking the largest attendance at a USF women's basketball game in over a decade. It also marked the third time in a dozen years that over 3,000 fans have enjoyed a home Lady Dons game. The contest also set a record for ticket sales for a women's event at the University.
This season, more than half of the Division I membership - 181 schools - participated in the effort that attracted more than 511,000 fans. Events at Army, Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Louisville, Marist, Michigan State, Navy, Oregon and Pacific produced sell-out crowds. Sixty-nine programs, including USF, surpassed their single-game attendance highs from last year.
About Northern Light School
Northern Light School is committed to providing a high quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, especially those who would not have the opportunity for a private school education. The faculty and staff create an atmosphere in which every child can grow academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, to become healthy, productive members of their families and communities. The focus is on excellence in teaching basic academics as well as non-violence, acceptance of differences, respect for the environment, and the moral advancement of humanity--so that the children develop an understanding that they have a responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others.
-Courtesy of USF Athletics