NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - On a sun-filled Saturday at the end of May, over 160 players participated in the second annual Ramon Calderon Cup at Zuma Beach in Malibu. This years tournament, organized by the "Friends of Ramon," benefitted the CSUN sand volleyball facility project which is scheduled to commence following the fourth of July holiday.
The tournament entry fees, donations and silent auction resulted in $14,000 being raised to support the sand volleyball facility construction project on the CSUN campus.
The Ramon Calderon Cup was founded shortly after his sudden passing in 2012 with the charitable intent to support the growth and awareness of the sport Ramon championed throughout his life. The tournament is spearheaded by Dayanthie Weeraratne-Calderon, Ramon's wife and CSUN faculty member in the department of Geological Sciences.
"This was an exciting outdoor event that brought together the CSUN Matadors with the local community in a way we've never experienced before," said Weeraratne-Calderon.
In addition to CSUN head coach Jeff Stork and his team, many friends of Ramon from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California particpated in the tournament. All coming together to compete and have fun organizing and raising funds to support CSUN.
"This event is something we're proud of," said Tom Ford, CSUN's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development. "A big win for the sand volleyball program, but more importantly for Matadors everywhere."
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