January 2016

Logo for Santa Clara Super Community Day

Logo for Santa Clara Super Community Day

Event Honoring Football’s 50th Big Game Being Held Feb. 6 at Santa Clara University

Super Community Day celebration expected to draw more than 10,000 fans and community members

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2016 - Santa Clara University is proud to be a key partner in bringing pregame festivities to the South Bay. The University, in collaboration with the City of Santa Clara, will be hosting numerous events on campus including the daylong Feb. 6 Super Community Celebration day.

“Santa Clara University is pleased to host these memorable celebrations,” said Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. “The City of Santa Clara has been so vital to our success for the past 165 years. We are honored to welcome the community to our campus and celebrate this historic sporting event together."

In addition to the big Super Community Celebration, Santa Clara University also has contributed in other ways to events around pro football’s big day.

  • On Jan. 26, the university in conjunction with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, hosted a luncheon lecture featuring former 49ers coaching legend George Seifert. Seifert and other sports all-stars discussed leadership lessons from sports.
  • In addition, Santa Clara MBA students, led by marketing professor Juan Montermoso, helped develop the marketing plan for the upcoming Jan. 30, “STEM Innovation Bowl” being held by the City of Santa Clara. That all-day event is being targeted at middle school students to demonstrate virtual-reality technology to area youth interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The upcoming Super Community Day events —for which tickets have been pre-reserved by the Santa Clara community—will include a concert by Huey Lewis and the News; a “super community pep rally,” a Celebrity Sweat® flag football game; and autograph opportunities with NFL legends like Eric Wright, Cliff Branch, Ricky Waters, Keena Turner, John Taylor, and Eric Reid. In addition, zones will be set aside for the Flavors of Santa Clara (featuring food by local restaurants and entertainment by local bands), a 49ers-sponsored kids activity space, and a Fan Zone.

Please note: Standby tickets to events may become available starting at 12 noon, and again at 6:30 p.m., on the day of the event at Santa Clara University.  If available, stand-by tickets will be distributed to people in designated stand-by lines located at the two entrances to Santa Clara University at Palm Drive and Accolti Way. SCU’s Super Community Celebration website has additional information.

Media please note: Credentialing for media planning to cover the Super Community Day is being handled by the city of Santa Clara. Please use this website: http://santaclaraca.gov/government/connect-with-us/media-credentials to obtain credentials.

Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. Founded in 1851 by the Jesuit Order of Catholic priests, the University offers undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; and advanced degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, theology, engineering, and law. Among its acclaimed alumni athletes are Brandi Chastain ’91, former World Cup and Olympic champion soccer player; Steve Nash ’96, two-time NBA MVP; and Brent Jones ’85, former 49ers Super Bowl Champ and NFL Hall of Famer.

As visitors attend events throughout the University, which regularly tops “most beautiful campus” lists, they may notice construction underway. The University is implementing a strategic plan that strongly enhances and connects SCU’s thriving academic programs in science, mathematics, and engineering; art and art history; and law and business. The new facilities will be located and configured in ways that foster cross-collaboration and research.

The plan includes the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, expected to open later this year, and the new 96,000 square foot Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law, slated for a Fall 2017 opening.

“Santa Clara University is pleased for this opportunity to give back to the local community that has brought vibrancy to our institution,” said Dennis Jacobs, University provost. “Our students learn invaluable life-lessons from engaging with community partners as well as pursuing challenging internships in Silicon Valley.”

Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews added, "We are delighted to co-host this fantastic day with Santa Clara University, and to welcome fans from all over the world to see up close all the richness, diversity, and intellectual capital our city and University have to offer."

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, engineering, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; law degrees; and doctorates in engineering and theology. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

Media Contact
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121

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