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GSAC - Thu, Oct. 17, 2013

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master's College Athletic Department participated last week in the school'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.

Kicking things off, men's soccer visited Peachland Elementary School and ministered to the students by spending time with them and playing with them during recess.

That night, men's basketball hosted its annual basketball clinic for Special Olympics' athletes.  The clinic included ball-handling skills, shooting fundamentals, and competitive drills for both the boys and girls associated with the Special Olympics organization in Santa Clarita.

Thursday morning, both the men's and women's cross country teams visited Children's Hunger Fund where they prepared Food Paks for impoverished people in Guatemala.

Also on Thursday, women's basketball served at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and participated in a prayer walk for all of The Master's College Global Outreach mission's teams that afternoon.

Later that day, head coach Bobby Blanken led the volleyball team to 1in6, a local non-profit organization. There, the squad helped around the facilities by completing various administrative jobs.

Spearheaded by head coach Monte Brooks, the baseball team hosted two games against nearby community colleges.  The Mustangs faced Mission College on Thursday, and Los Angeles Valley College on Friday.  On Saturday, the squad hosted a fundamentals clinic for the Valley Christian Athletic Association, an Encino-based evangelical sports organization.  After each event, players and coaches from TMC presented the Gospel to athletes in attendance.

On Friday, The Lady Mustang soccer team traveled to Faith Community Church in Palmdale for its Outreach Week project.  There, the team painted the facility and cleaned the property.  Earlier in the week, the squad created gift baskets for missionaries in Haiti.

Finally, The Master's College men's golf team joined the outreach team from Grace Community Church and served at the Pitchess Detention Center where they ministered to incarcerated men involved in the "Malachi Men" and "Returning Hearts" programs.

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 students put their personal faith into action through serving those in the local community.