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LAFC donates 100k to support Athletic programs

LAFC Making it rain in Cal State LA

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Sylvia Valdez, Contributor

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The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) donated $100,000 to Cal State L.A.’s Athletic department.

The LAFC is Major League Soccer’s newest team in Los Angeles, set to debut in 2018, as their website indicates. The open-air stadium is set to be on the corner of W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and S. Figueroa St- South L.A.

The Athletics department consists of several sports here on campus. As you walk into the well-

designed physical education building, you can’t help but glimpse at the accolades the University has proudly achieved. Down the halls, behind glass you see the faces of athletes who’ve made their mark.

The halls symbolize an endless road of hope that Cal State LA has embarked on. Outside the doors are the markers which indicate the different sports the department has to offer: track and field, cross country, volleyball, men’s soccer, basketball, and women’s soccer, and basketball. The campus has welcomed students from overseas, including Germany, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

On the Cal State LA website, LAFC President Tom Penn is quoted as saying, “The gift is a symbol of our deep investment in the city.” He continued his statement, saying, “We are committed to being a team, which embraces and supports the neighborhoods where we work and play. Cal State LA exemplifies this spirit of dedication to the people of Los Angeles.”

According to the University website, Daryl Gross, Cal State L.A.’s executive director for Athletics, also praised LAFC as an organization with high aspirations shared with the university. “Cal State LA has big ambitions for our student athletes, and the LAFC knows how to think big and succeed,” Gross said.

The University Times attempted to contact Executive Director Gross for more information regarding the distribution of the lump sum, but was unavailable for comment.

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