Nov 24, 2013 10:14 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Cal Poly athletes buy gifts for local children

Cal Poly athletes are getting into the holiday spirit by volunteering with the Salvation Army. They're filling shopping baskets to help check off local children's Christmas lists. Representatives from each sports team went shopping at Target in San Luis Obispo on Saturday. The athletes participate in the Salvation Army program, called Angel Tree, every year. "I just love that we have the opportunity to get involved, especially as Cal Poly athletes," women's soccer mid-fielder Samantha Nerney says, "It is sometimes difficult to find organizations that you really want to give to and this Angel Tree project we always do." Each team pooled together money to buy gifts for underprivileged children in San Luis Obispo. When they decided on how many they could sponsor, Angel Tree provided wish lists from the kids. "I think it's really good that we're able to give back to the community," Men's Swimming and Diving team member Tyler Pickett says. "The San Luis Obispo area has been really supportive of The Mustang Way, and so this is just an opportunity for us to give back to them." The Cal Poly Athletics teams try to do at least one community service event each quarter. To find out more about Angel Tree, click here.



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