|Tami Swanson-Cades, a junior guard for the Bronco women's basketball team, and Jonathan Williams, a junior guard for the men's basketball team, “arrest” local leaders and ask them to “post bail” for a charitable cause.|
|(L to R) Sophomore guards Jeff Bonds and Darren Peterson, freshman forward Melvin Nicholson and junior forward Guy Beahm get suited up to go make some “arrests.” The basketball teams raised $20,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.|
Cal Poly Pomona's men's and women's basketball teams made some major assists off the court for a local charitable organization on April 30.
The Broncos spent the day making pre-planned ?arrests? of local business leaders and dignitaries to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Those arrested were taken into phony jails and forced to post ?bail? before being released. A total of $20,000 was raised for MDA.
?I arrested an assistant principal from Madison Elementary School,? says sophomore Jeff Bonds, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 NCAA Division West Region. ?It was a fun experience. It?s gratifying when you?re able to do positive things for charities.?
The Muscular Dystrophy Association, organizer of the event, funds some 400 research investigations by top scientists worldwide as it searches for causes of and treatments for neuromuscular diseases. The charity's best-known means of raising funds is the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.
The Broncos continue to reach out to the community at an extremely successful time for the basketball programs. The men's team this year won the 2003 NCAA Division II West Region championship and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1964, while the women have won two NCAA Division II championships in the past three years.