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Heart of a Lion


September 28, 2014: Susuan G. Komen Race for the Cure

March 2015: PCRF Race for the Cure (date TBD)

Global citizens committed to living a contributive life…
Learning the importance of service to others…
Leaders of culture in the community…
Leaders of humanism in society…

Our student athletes live out these values treasured by the university beyond the classroom, field, pool, and track. In the midst of juggling school, sports, and extracurricular activities, they make the time to serve the community as one team and represent the Soka Athletic Department.  Through our Heart of a Lion: Team Community Outreach Program, our student athletes have various opportunities throughout the academic year to get involved and serve the community.  Check out some of the community outreach events and consider being a part of a team where the athletes value making a difference in the community!

Soka University Athletic Department Do Their Part to Clean Up their Local Beaches 

One of Soka University Athletics’ community outreach events in which the entire department comes together took place on Sunday April 7, 2013 at Aliso Creek County Park, in Laguna Beach. “ Both our athletes and staff have all enjoyed this beach at one time or another, whether for leisure or for training purposes, and it is important that we do our part in keeping it clean!” said sports information coordinator, Erica Pryor. 

Over 45 Soka student athletes and staff took time out of their busy training schedules to partner with the Surfrider Foundation’s South Orange County Chapter in which they spent several hours combing the sands to clean up their local beach. 

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation and you can visit their website at http://www.surfrider.org/ 

Men's and Women's Soccer Give back to Local Community by Aiding in the Soccer Development of our Youth 

"We had a lot of fun coaching a great group of kids at The Great Park in Irvine! Through soccer we have formed a great relationship between Soka University Athletics and the City of Irvine." - Founding Director of Soccer, Head Men's and Women's Coach, Marine Cano.

Soka Men's and Women's Soccer reached out to their local community youth on Saturday, February 23, 2013 and partnered with local soccer club, Irvine Premier SC in running a free clinic for the City of Irvine to aid in the development of our future soccer stars. With 4 coaches, 14 players (4 women and 10 men), and over 80 youth participants, our Lions were able to extend their soccer knowledge and provide technical training to all who attended. The clinic was held at the Orange County Great Park from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The Great Park is located in the center of Orange County and roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.   

To learn more about the Orange County Great Park, please visit their website at http://www.ocgp.org/.

Men's and women's Cross Country Raise Money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Both Cross Country Teams represented Soka University in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The program more than tripled their fundraising efforts this year and raised over $500 for this tremendous cause. This is the third year that our cross country programs have participated and campaigned to help raise money for the Komen fund.  This year our Athletes helped to fund over 4 Komen-funded mammograms for underserved women in Orange County.

To join the cause please visit the Orange Country Susuan G. Komen site at http://www.komenoc.org/

Lions Soccer Program participates in Soccer For Hope Summer Camp

Every year the Soka soccer programs take time out of their rigorous pre-season training schedules filled with double day practices, pool workouts, and weight training to participate in the annual Mission Viejo Soccer For Hope Camp. Soccer for Hope is a non-profit organization which is driven by their goal to raise funds and awareness for children with life threatening diseases. Since the organizations inception in 1998 it has progressed from an annual local event to a nationwide charity that benefits thousands of children's and families.

Along with working the camp, some of our Soka Lions also took the time to sign up to be possible Bone Marrow Donors for the chance to help save the lives of those in need.

To Donate or for more information on Soccer For Hope please visit their website at  http://www.soccerforhope.org/  

Soka Soccer Races for the Cure

For the Past 4 years The Soka Lions soccer programs have taken part in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundations 10k run during the first weekend in May.  This event helps to fund research that will help find a cure for children's cancer. The PCRF strives to improve the care, quality of life, and the survival rate of children with malignant diseases.

For more information about this organization please visit http://www.pcrf-kids.org 

Men’s Soccer Team Teaches Clinics at Local Elementary School

The Soka Soccer Team just finished eight sessions of teaching soccer skills and tactics to boys and girls at RH Dana Elementary School, located in Dana Point. Thirty kids participated in the program, and Principal Chris Weber deemed it a complete success.

The eight-session clinic ended with a big game between the Soka Soccer team and the kids. The game ended in a 3-3 tie and everyone in attendance had a great time!

Athletes Lend a Helping Hand to the Breast Cancer Angels Organization

The Breast Cancer Angels Organization provided funds, while eight student athletes spent one morning shopping and wrapping children's gifts for mothers who were too ill to move about.

We are also proud to announce that the Athletic Department and the Orange County Rescue Mission forged a long-term partnership!  Through this partnership, our student athletes will have the opportunity to serve the least, the last, and the lost in our local community.  Some community outreach events will include serving meals to the homeless, organizing food drives, assisting with food packaging, working at the ranch for abused and neglected youth, delivering Christmas gifts to families, and coordinating sports camps.  Our student athletes will be able to reach out and lend a helping out in many practical ways.