On behalf of the city of Sunnyvale, Mayor Melinda Hamilton presented the Santa Clara University athletic department and its women’s basketball program a certificate of appreciation for outstanding community service at their city council meeting last week.
The recognition stems from the Broncos’ participation in the 16th annual Sunnyvale Basketball Shoot Off, held at the Columbia Neighborhood Center on Friday, Feb. 5. Santa Clara student-athletes took time out of their basketball season to volunteer at the event. In all, 330 youngsters participated, and 177 of them were invited to the finals.
“For the past 16 years Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety has hosted a basketball shoot-out event in order to promote the importance of physical activity for school children throughout the local community,” said Hamilton. “The Santa Clara women’s basketball team was a very special addition to the festivities. As we know, college athletes provide excellent role models for children, exemplifying positive values, the attainment of both athletic and scholastic goals, and the importance of physical health as an integral part of a person’s development and well being.” Read more.