Saddleback Homecoming celebrates 46 years of Gaucho football

Student organizations set up booths at the Homecoming tailgate celebration. (Lariat files)

Elizabeth Ortiz

Saddleback College football will face Fullerton College this Saturday with kickoff at 6 p.m. There will be a pre-game tailgate party that will take place at 4:30 p.m., and will be open for students, the community and their families to participate.

The Associated Student Government will hand out Saddleback spirit wear (articles of clothing with flare) to those who come and celebrate.

“Anyone can come to the tailgate party,” Kaywan Balbas, ASG’s officer of finance for events said. “It’s a great way to support the school and have fun.”

The Homecoming game traditionally launches support for the new season’s Gaucho football players. ASG supports the team and will give away prizes during the tailgate party with carnival-themed activities and a bounce house. A gourmet popsicle truck will be in the parking lot.

“I know some people on the team and it makes it exciting for me,” said ASG president Bahman Sabahi.

Pluck-a-Ducks can be purchased to help raise funds for children fighting cancer. ASG’s
focus reaches out to the community in this event for support.

“It attacks kids without them knowing what is happening to them,” said ASG’s officer of community service Iman Moujtahed. “And affects me because I lost my 2-year-old niece in the summer due to cancer.

Sabani expressed his appreciation to ASG for their efforts in planning this year’s event.

“I’m so proud of this year’s ASG, the planning and organization for Homecoming has been incredible,” Sabani said.

Students compete in the pie eating contest at the tailgate event before the Homecoming game. (Alyssa Hunter/Lariat files)

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