April 5, 2001
While the Stanford football team prepares to get back on the field on Friday, April 6 for the first of 15 spring football practices, the past month has seen several members of the 2001 Cardinal involved in four community related events.
Most recently, a group of Cardinal football players visited the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on April 4, Players spend time playing games, talking to both parents and children, participating in art and crafts as well as signing autographs and taking pictures.
Other community events in the past month included Read Across America Day on March. 2. Players joined in this nation-wide literacy program and read books to a group of elementary school students at Oak Knoll Elementary and Addison Elementary.
On March 7, Stanford football players spent an afternoon of fun and games with the Boys and Girls Clubs in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. There, players played pool, ping pong, basketball as well as spending time in the Academic Resource Center helping children with their homework, reading books and teaching computer skills.
Cardinal athletes hosted a Blood Drive in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center on March 12 which was very successful and well attended.
Future events include the Stanford Community Carnival on May 12 and Peninsula Day on May 24. At the Community Carnival, Stanford football players will participate in a university-wide event that includes games, entertainment, food and booths for children in the community. For Peninsula Day, the football team is divided into two groups as they visit local elementary and middle schools. Players give a presentation that includes topics such as the value of education, goal-setting and sportsmanship.
Stanford football continues to be dedicated to "giving back" to the local community.