As a large San Diego County based soccer club, we realize the importance of fundraising for community causes and the massive, sometimes life changing, impact our collective efforts can have. Firstly, and foremost, we are a soccer club and our mission is to teach this wonderful game to your children but we feel very strongly, as a club, that we have an obligation to give back to the local community.
Current Community Projects/Fundraising Efforts
LAGSD Coaches Help Out In Tijuana – click here to view article
On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a group of 23 LAGSD coaches & family members left early for Tijuana to run a soccer tournament for the charity Corazón, which they aptly named the Copa Corazón. Close to 200 local school children from 7 different districts participated, and to see them all kitted out in either Carlsbad Wave or Lightning uniforms was something special.
To read the full story please click here.
Listed below are some of our recent past community/fundraising projects:
GIVING BACK FUNDRAISER
Every year, around December/January time, our club holds a series of in house scrimmages between our younger teams in which players donate to play, referees volunteer ref, and all collected monies are donated to a pre-chosen charitable organization or cause.
Total raised | 2014 = $20,600 | 2015 = $10,100 + Wheelchair Equipped Vehicle Donation | 2016 (Jan) = $9,000 | 2016 (Dec) = $11,532
– click here for 2014 sponsors list and letter of thanks from the Loy family
– click here for full story on 2015 Giving Back fundraiser in aid of club family, the Lopez’s
– click here for full story on 2016 (Jan) Giving Back fundraiser in aid of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation
– click here for full story on 2016 (Dec) Giving Back fundraiser in aid of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
2016 COPA DE CARLSBAD
On Thursday the 1st of December, 2016, the fifth annual Copa De Carlsbad was held at Sage Creek High School. The event is a one day tournament with group play, semis and finals, and features all of the Carlsbad Elementary schools. Since its inception, LAGSD has assisted the community event by setting up the fields, providing the equipment/balls, providing the refs and having club coaches attend and help at the event. Click here to read more.
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Many families and players could not experience the opportunities the club has to offer without our commitment to financial aid. This season LA Galaxy San Diego granted $180,000 dollars in financial assistance to competitive and recreational players, the most ever in club history. The need is greater than ever and LA Galaxy San Diego are committed to help.
Total awarded | 2016 = $180,000
– click here for full story on the 2016 Financial Aid report
Champions League, it is a FREE 10 week program that runs September to November offered to kids 2-18 years old who have medical and physical disabilities. All participants are paired up with a buddy (volunteer LAGSD players) to help them learn and grow as soccer players, all while having fun and getting exercise. For more information please click here.
– click here to view 2014 story on Champions League
– click here to view 2016 story on Champions League
GALAXY OPEN – LAGSD Fundraising Golf Day
Yearly club fundraiser that heavily assists our financial aid program among other club needs.
Total raised | 2014 = $18,000 | 2015 = $18,000 | 2016 = $12,000
– click here for 2014 Golf Invitational Review
– click here for 2015 Golf Invitational Review
– click here for 2016 Galaxy Open Review
Now a yearly fundraising effort, Movember is when LA Galaxy San Diego male coaches attempt to grow (some successfully, some not) ridiculous looking handlebar moustaches in return for sponsorship/donations towards men’s Total raised | 2014 = $875 | 2015 = $677 | 2016 = $7,009
– click here for full story on the 2015 Movember effort
– click here for full story on the 2016 Movember effort
UNIFORM COLLECTIONS & DISTRIBUTIONS
When uniforms become redundant in terms of club use we request that members voluntarily donate uniforms and footwear that we can then pass onto areas in need.
– click here to view story from uniform donation to Nicaragua
– click here to view story from uniform donation to Palau
PLAY IT FORWARD
After the May 2014 Carlsbad fires, we held a series of in house scrimmages as part of the clubs ‘Play it Forward’ fundraiser, an event with the purpose of raising money for those within the Carlsbad community who lost their homes during the fires.
Total raised = $5,700
– click here for the Play it Forward article
COACH JONNO’S 50k for MAKE A WISH
In October, 2014, Coach Jonno undertook the massive task of running a 50k marathon in aid of the Make A Wish foundation. His efforts funded our very own Travis ‘The Warrior’ Selinka’s wish to meet Messi.
Total raised = $8,000.
– click here for full story on run and Travis meeting Messi
– click here for SoccerNation article
Coaches do PEDAL FOR A PURPOSE Event
2017 – Coach Ed, Coach Donovan, Coach Nat, Coach Paddy & LAGSD President Skye O’Grady all participated in the Pedal For A Purpose event on Saturday, March 11 at the Omni Resort in Carlsbad. The event benefits the Carlsbad Unified School District and our LAGSD reps had to spin cycle 45 mins each, sometimes with intensity levels at max!
To view pictures from the event click here.
2016 – Coaches Bill, Brad, Natalie, Phil, & Paddy cycled their hearts out during the ‘Pedal for a Purpose’ event on Saturday, May 9th, in aid of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. Total raised = $1,500
– click here to view the article