At the sixth Annual Coyote Cares day, CSUSB students, alumni, volunteers and staff members came together to do good work in the community. The office of Community Engagement had a large crowd with over 600 volunteers this year as they celebrated volunteer service and Earth Day. Everyone was ready to laugh, eat and enjoy their time together as they made the community a better place.
Everyone was ready to work bright and early at 6:30 a.m. when breakfast was provided for all the volunteers.
Each volunteer was given a shirt and socks so they could unite in uniform as they worked in the community.
Head of Compliance Morgan Walker and Head of Academics Meghan McGarry rolled with the student athletes to Chino Hills, where they got to help out the Pomona Valley Area Games in track and field of Special Olympics.
The ‘Yotes were put to the test by cheering, cleaning, running and directing other athletes to victory through competition.
The competition included people of all ages from 15 to 64 years old.
“This event was truly an inspiration. I loved interacting with different people and meeting new people, so I was fine. A lot of the runners are faster than me, so I have a lot of work to do this summer,” said Women’s Basketball player Kiana Rivera.
CSUSB students broke into four different groups: triple jump, shotput, high jump and track and field. They had to fulfill certain tasks, such as writing down times, measuring and placing each athlete on the line.
“I was nervous at first because I am very quiet, but having my teammates around and seeing the athletes excited made me comfortable and happy,” said Sergio Espindola of Men’s Soccer.
The event lasted for six hours, and the competitors truly enjoyed themselves as they interacted with the students and even taught them new moves.
“We had a meet yesterday, but this is something I could not miss. Being a part of Coyote Cares day means a lot. It is truly a blessing. I am proud to be a coyote,” said Track and Field participant Teyah Burroughs
The ‘Yotes had a small lunch, but still had to finish the job as the event continued with over 300 athletes ready to compete.
Towards the end of the event, the ‘Yotes gathered around the track and cheered for the athletes as they ran their last event to win gold.
“I am truly thankful for each volunteer; they have made this such a good experience. My daughter and teammates were so excited as they cheered them on. It was awesome,” said parent Stephanie Wilson.
“Thank you all for your contribution in making the world a more acceptable place for our athletes. We hope to see you all at next year’s event,” said Special Olympics representative Shantel Fair.
Coyote Cares day was successful and made an impact in the community, and the competitors made an impact on the CSUSB athletes as well.