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Gwendolyn Becomes Honorary Vaquero | Game This Saturday

September 23, 2011 by Victoria Strong

What a positive night. Yesterday evening Gwendolyn became an "Honorary Vaquero Captain" at Santa Barbara City College's football practice. The big game and her "official" Vaquero Captain duties will be this Saturday at 5:45 pm, but the coaches, team and cheer squad wanted to meet her ahead of time and we are so glad they did.

When we arrived we were immediately greeted by Kacie Jean (photographer extraordinaire -- and wife to SBCC coach, Jason Fowle), KEYT's Mike Klan, and the SBCC cheer team. Gwendolyn was mesmerized by all the festivities and especially the cheerleaders. She loved their uniforms, she loved them talking to her, and she was over the moon when they did cheers for her, including lifts. And she really liked getting to hold a sparkly cheer pom pom!

When practice finished the head coach, Craig Moropoulos, gathered everyone together, talked about SMA, talked about the GSF, and movingly talked about Gwendolyn. He reminded these young men and women how fortunate they are to have their health and he rallied the players to use Gwendolyn's fighting spirit to inspire their own fight for this weekend's game. We were so touched by everything he said and so humbled to see all the young faces soak in the reality that Gwendolyn and so many just like her struggle to breathe each day and that their own basic abilities are a gift. It was such a positive night and we are so honored to be involved. We can't wait for this Saturday's game!

GSF will be hosting a booth during the game to educate about SMA and Gwendolyn will go onto the field to throw out the game starting coin toss. They will also be announcing information about SMA and the GSF throughout the night. Come on out, bring the family, and stop by to say hello. Miss G (aka Honorary Vaquero Captain) may have a few coaching tips for you smile. Hope to see you there.

  • WHEN >> Saturday, September 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 (Gwendolyn will do the coin toss at 5:45 sharp smile )
  • WHERE >> La Playa Stadium, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Drive

Go Vaqueros!!!

All photos courtesy Kacie Jean Photography -- Check out even more on the Vaquero Honorary Captain Program Facebook page.

Talk About It

I love seeing this! The photos are beautiful, they give me chills.
Posted by Caitlin Needham McAuliffe on 2011-09-23 12:11:11
I love the photos. I am so proud of Gwendolyn. Such an honor and inspiration. The photos of the players faces really brought tears to my eyes. Their serious expressions show how they were listening to the information about Miss G and SMA. Young people think they are untouchable these days...now they know that they are not...a great life lesson. Have fun tonight!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2011-09-24 10:46:55
Great photos!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-09-26 23:43:48

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