At the CMS Stags football home opener vs. Lewis and Clark, there was a sense of hope in the air. During the football game, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department held a fundraiser for Pomona Hope, a Pomona-based organization working to empower the children, families and neighborhood through after-school programs, parenting classes and community organizing. This event was the first of many community engagement efforts planned by CMS this year.
CMS Athletics agreed to donate all of the proceeds from the Rocco's Tacos Food Truck sales to Pomona Hope. Additionally, as part of the fundraiser, the CMS Football Team invited Omar Perez [pictured with CMS AD Mike Sutton], an eighth grade student from the Pomona Hope after school program, to be an honorary captain. During this event, CMS athletics successfully raised $188 dollars to donate to Pomona Hope. This money will be added to a growing scholarship fund for kids in the program to support their educational plans. Emily Budiyanto, programs director for Pomona Hope, attended the game and stated, "The generosity and hospitality of the students and staff, watching Omar swell with joy and his proud family (pictured below) look on when he stood up as Pomona Hope's honorary captain, and watching the Stags fight with spirit, really helped me appreciate what a huge privilege it for Pomona Hope to partner with such extraordinary people at CMC!"
This first fundraiser was part of a greater community engagement effort that Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the CMC Center for Civic Engagement are partnering on this year. Individual athletic teams will be participating in various service projects and awareness campaigns throughout the year. Members of the men's tennis team, Neel Kotrappa CMC '14, Zhenya Pereverzin CMC '14, and Travis Tu CMC '16, supported this event by selling tickets.
"Our teams and coaches have done many service related activities over the years and I am pleased with the generosity in time and talents of our CMS community," stated Mike Sutton, athletic director for CMS. "I'm grateful for the organizational support of the CCE that will help us to be more consistent and develop sustainable programming. Together we can improve the results of our efforts."