When the Warriors return home this week, they are raising the green flag.
The Santa Cruz basketball team is not only raising funds, but rewarding students who reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The team has already started efforts with its bicycle parking lot, which is packed for every game.
The team will host green-themed activities during each of its next three games, including time-out games, face painting and a half time show. In addition to the bike parking already on site at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, People Power will provide free bike valet within a short walking distance of the arena. Fans will be encouraged to do their part by walking, biking, bussing or carpooling to games this week and to all events at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
The Santa Cruz Warriors rewarded students who participated in the Active4Me Program at Bayview Elementary. On Wednesday at 7:45 a.m., Warriors players visited the school and greeted and rewarded students who walked, biked, skated or scootered to school.
The team's mascot, Mav’Riks will also be in attendance at a volunteer workday, hosted by the Volunteers to Save Soquel Creek, at 831 Bay Avenue on the morning of Saturday, March 23.
Friday, March 22 is “Ocean Warriors” night, featuring Save Our Shores, the Seymour Discovery Center, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and the Sanctuary Exploration Center.
Saturday, March 23 is “Nature Warriors” night, and the Resource Conservation District, Natural History Museum, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the Coastal Watershed Council will participate.
Monday, March 25 will be “Clean Air Warriors” night, featuring Ecology Action, People Power and Friends of the Rail and Trail.
Thursday, March 21, the team takes part in an Ocean Benefit where Fred Keeley, a trustee of the National Marine Sanctuary, hosts this family event which is a must for Warrior fans. The package includes an introduction to the Warrior's Coach, a 30-minute private session with your favorite basketball Warrior, a meet and greet of individual Warriors at different stations, a T-shirt, and four tickets to the Warrior's final game, April 6. A live auction will also be part of the event with proceeds benefitting the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
When: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Sanctuary Exploration Center