It looks like I am bringing some work home with me. As in Saturday night, Aug. 19 at Local Craft Beer, CSUB Athletics is bringing our community caravan to Tehachapi.
It’s a bold move. We’re taking some coaches and staff along with spirit squad members to four Kern County cities on Aug. 19 starting in Taft, hitting Wasco and Delano and then ending the day with dinner and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. at Local Craft Beer in Tehachapi. It’ll be a long day, but hey, at least those planning it saved the best for last, right? I’ve been given the task of making sure my friends in Tehachapi show up, so this is my blatant attempt at promoting it.
We’re trying to reach out to Kern County, especially some of the smaller communities, and help them recognize that CSUB is your team as well. The ‘B’ might stand for Bakersfield and that is our physical location, but our sphere of influence is vast being the only NCAA Division I athletics program within 100 miles thanks to the geography of Kern County. We want you all on board.
The event includes a few short comments from some of our coaches and staff. We couldn’t afford a real host so you’re stuck with yours truly. Honestly, I only asked to host the Tehachapi event but they were kind enough to ask me to come along for the entire day. Good news is my drive home after our final event that evening will only take about five minutes. God bless living on the mountain, right?
We’ll have prizes and giveaways along with free food and drinks. We are also working with the CSUB Alumni Association, which will be on hand taking memberships for CSUB alumni living in the area. Don’t worry if you haven’t joined yet. I promised my friend Sarah Hendrick, who runs the alumni association, that I was going to sign up when I finished my masters in 2016. Needless to say I owe her, so we can join together.
While the day will hold much of the same for all the cities involved. I am especially happy to bring this caravan to Tehachapi. While many of you read what I write on a weekly basis about my career, those I work with and some of my experiences, this is a chance to meet some of those characters and connect personally with the Roadrunners. I enjoy seeing the familiar faces that make the trip to Bakersfield for our games throughout the season, but I would love to see that number grow. That’s the intent of events like this.
With the upcoming season right around the corner, this is the perfect time to showcase just what is happening at CSUB. Fall sports have reported to their training camps and we are only about 90 days away from the start of the 2017-18 basketball season. We released the men’s basketball schedule this past week and we play 13 home dates in 2017-18. We also recently announced that our reserved chair back seats are nearly sold out for the entire season. If you’re thinking about season tickets, we’ll have information about that at the caravan event as well.
I hope to see as many of you there as possible. Special thanks to the Local Craft Beer folks for allowing us to host this event at their place. It’s completely free and open to the public, so pencil us in to your Mountain Festival plans that evening.
As a point of pride I would like your help in making sure the Tehachapi caravan has the highest attendance of all. I mean, come on, we’ve never really lost to Taft, Wasco or Delano in anything, so in my opinion we shouldn’t start on Aug. 19. Hope to see you then.
Corey Costelloe, a Tehachapi High graduate, is assistant athletics director for communications for CSUB.