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GSAC - Thu, Oct. 18, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master's College Department of Athletics took time away from the rigors of competition and practice last week, and engaged in acts of selfless service as part of TMC's annual Outreach Week.

As an extension of the office of Multicultural Student Advancement, Outreach Week is a campus-wide effort of The Master's College to serve in and learn from churches and ministries throughout Southern California. Each year TMC cancels classes for three days in order to mobilize approximately 650 student volunteers to serve with local churches ranging from cross-cultural and urban to homeless and prison outreach.

The baseball team hosted two games against nearby junior colleges.  After each contest, players and coaches from the Master's team invited opposing players to learn more about what it means to be an athlete at TMC. One Mustang player shared his personal story of how his relationship with Christ changed his life.

The Lady Mustangs soccer team traveled to the House of Hope in Palmdale for their outreach week project. The team served by painting the facility, maintained the garden, clean around the property, and tutored some of the children the house serves. The team looks forward to engaging in more ways of becoming an outlet of God's love in the local community.

Women's volleyball conducted a skills clinic for Golden Valley High School. Coach Bobby Blanken and his squad looked for ways to encourage the Grizzlies both in volleyball and in life skills. The Mustangs will also be volunteering in the Walk for Life this coming Saturday.

The men's soccer team visited Peachland Elementary School to spend time with the students and play with the kids during recess. "We're trying to be an example to the students, and expose them to the college. We had a blast, and the kids loved it too," reported Mustang Coach Jim Rickard on the visit.

Cross country made it a goal to visit all the local high school cross country practices and share with them about the TMC running program.  "It's pretty exciting because the recent success of our team has given us a platform to reach into the local high school teams. Coaches have been very receptive to having us out," reports assistant coach Amie Schroeder.  The Mustangs cross country team was able to host a question and answer session, as well as provide gifts to each student in attendance.  The team and coaching staff used the opportunity to address the athletes and share their personal life stories and what it's like to be a collegiate athlete at TMC.

Men's basketball served the neighboring Placerita Canyon by taking part in clean-up activities. This season, the team looks to continue their relationship with the Special Olympics organization and the Castaic Sports Complex by hosting developmental basketball clinics.

The Men's golf team helped out at the Sunshine Senior Living center in Valencia, CA. The team played games and interacted with some of the residents in the afternoon. Later, the squad helped serve dinner to everyone and engaged in meaningful conversations with hopes of delivering the gospel.

The women's basketball team served the community by visiting the SCV Senior Center. Spending an afternoon shopping for gift baskets, the Lady Mustang used their own resources to provide some essentials for our local seniors. On Friday morning, the squad personally delivered 13 gift wrapped baskets to the center, while spending their morning serving, singing, and spending time with the SCV seniors. This was the beginning of monthly planned trips and service opportunities to the SCV Senior Center. The Mustangs also look forward to seeing this group at their games, as they are providing season tickets for the center.

The coaching staff and administration of The Master's College Athletic department is committed to cultivating relationships that reveal a heart and life change brought about by a relationship with Jesus Christ. Opportunities like Outreach Week help our students to put their personal faith into action through serving those in our local community.