UCLABruins.com: Women’s Basketball

A Title IX piece on UCLA’s head women’s basketball coach in conjunction with the school’s Title IX 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Sports were a way of life for UCLA head women’s basketball coach Cori Closeduring her childhood in Milpitas, Calif.

“I was the only girl in my neighborhood,” said Close. “My dad was a teacher and coach, but I really just wanted friends. If you wanted friends, then you played football in the street with the boys. You played basketball and pick-up games. I grew up doing whatever those boys in my neighborhood did, because those were the families we were close with.” Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Title IX

As part of the re-opening ceremonies for Pauley Pavilion, UCLA honored its unequaled history in women’s athletics, honoring 40 years of Title IX.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Female athletes from the full span of UCLA Athletics history gathered in Pauley Pavilion and mingled in the Pavilion Club prior to Saturday’s women’s basketball season opener against San Diego State. The large crowd of former student-athletes, coaches and friends, was welcomed by Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Petrina Long, Chancellor Gene Block, and Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion re-opened its doors in early November, 2012, after an 18-month, multi-million-dollar renovation.

After pre-game ceremonies opened the doors for the sellout crowd of over 13,800, the rejuvenated Pauley Pavilion and the 2012-13 UCLA men’s basketball team were on display for all to enjoy. Read more… 

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UCLABruins.com: Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion re-opened in early November, 2012, after an 18-month, multi-million-dollar renovation. 

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday evening. Chuck White, the voice of Pauley Pavilion, began the opening ceremonies for the grand re-opening of Pauley Pavilion.

Remarks were made by Chancellor Gene Block, Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero, and Matt Pauley, grandson of Edwin W. Pauley. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Olympians Feature

UCLA owns one of the richest Olympic traditions of any University. Over the past nine decades, nearly 450 athletes, coaches and trainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games, winning 230 medals, including 110 gold. UCLABruins.com celebrates the school’s rich Olympic history with profiles of UCLA Olympians, past and present.

This story features UCLA softball alumnae Natasha Watley and Tairia (Mims) Flowers, who were members of the U.S. Olympic Softball Team in both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008)

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It has been nearly eight years since Sports Illustrated proclaimed the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team as “The Real Dream Team,” complete with a cover shot of that dominant group on the cover of the magazine. On July 12, 2012, that team was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Olympians Feature

UCLA owns one of the richest Olympic traditions of any University. Over the past nine decades, nearly 450 athletes, coaches and trainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games, winning 230 medals, including 110 gold. UCLABruins.com celebrates the school’s rich Olympic history with profiles of UCLA Olympians, past and present.

Men’s water polo head coach Adam Wright contributed to UCLA’s medal haul in 2008, winning a silver medal with USA Water Polo. For his third Olympics this year, he is focused on gold.

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Days away from embarking upon his third experience as a member of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team, Adam Wright has his sights set on a gold medal.

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UCLABruins.com: Olympians Feature

UCLA owns one of the richest Olympic traditions of any University. Over the past nine decades, nearly 450 athletes, coaches and trainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games, winning 230 medals, including 110 gold.

UCLABruins.com celebrates the school’s rich Olympic history with profiles of UCLA Olympians, past and present. First up is 2008 Olympic silver medalistSamantha Peszek, a rising junior on the Bruin gymnastics team.

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Samantha Peszek literally grew up in USA Gymnastics.

Both of Peszek’s parents were student-athletes at the University of Illinois. Her father, Ed, wrestled and played hockey, and her mother, Luan, was a gymnast. Read more …

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UCLABruins.com: Title IX Feature

Jeanette Bolden was a member of UCLA’s 1982 NCAA Championship women’s track and field team and earned an Olympic gold medal in the 400m relay at the 1984 Games. Bolden is the long-time head coach of the Bruins women’s track and field program.

Jeanette Bolden’s track and field career started at Campanella Park in Compton, Calif. Just as she was learning to overcome childhood asthma to become an athlete, Title IX was passed into law. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Track and Field

Alec and Andrea Faldermeyer are both throwing the hammer for UCLA track and field. Alec is a sophomore three-time All-American, Andrea is a first-year law student at UCLA after completing a bachelors degree from Cornell last spring.

Hammer throw practices have become a family affair for UCLA track & field coach Mike Maynard.

Maynard’s star pupil, sophomore Alec Faldermeyer, burst onto the collegiate scene in 2011, earning first-team All-America honors in the hammer throw with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship and a sixth-place finish in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Read more…

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UCLA Bruins.com: Baseball

Bruins sophomore outfielder Brenton Allen has started and is coordinating a collegiate chapter of Soles4Souls.

Most Americans have piles of shoes in their closets that are no longer worn. In many cases, the problem compounds for athletes.

So what did Brenton Allen, a sophomore outfielder on the UCLA baseball team, do when he realized he was low on space for his latest new pair of sneakers? Read more…

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