Fullerton College hosted its fourth annual FC night at Angels stadium on Friday, April 5. This year the school honored student veterans at the game by giving them the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
The event kicked off with a tailgate under the big A at 5:30 p.m. Anyone part of the Fullerton College family were able to participate in activities the Associated Students set up. The tailgate offered a $5 voucher that included a hot dog, chips and a drink.
Attendee’s received a Fullerton College themed hat along with a Mike Trout Bobblehead.
Fullerton College was the first community college to host a sponsored event at a major league baseball game. Prior to Fullerton College’s collaboration with the Angels only four-year universities would host such events.
“It helps build a sense of community and positive campus climate,” said Director of Campus Communications Lisa McPherson.
Fullerton College student and journalism major Joshua Bruner was elected by his peers of the veteran’s club to represent them.
“It’s crazy, it’s a once in a lifetime experience I’m blow away by it,” said Bruner.
Bruner was joined by fellow student-veterans Roy Doyel, Justis Esquer, Gabriel Gonzalez, Joshua Gonzalez and Nelson Reyes along with Fullerton College President Greg Schulz.
Bruner added that he attended Fullerton straight out of high school but decided the best decision for him was to join the military. Coming back to Fullerton and being given this honor to represent himself, the school, the Marine Corps and the army makes him much more appreciative of the opportunity.
Schulz was very excited about the event. He really enjoyed this night becoming a tradition for the Fullerton family both young and old to come together. Schulz was appreciative of the Angels allowing another member of the Fullerton College family to throw out the first pitch.
Schulz added that Bruner had been working with Men’s head baseball coach Nick Fiscardo to get ready for this night.
The event tickets gave students access to a specific section of the stadium which was field level by the right field foul pole. Fullerton College attendees were sat together as many in the section donned there FC themed Angels hat to cheer on the team.
All proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Chris Lamm & Toni Dubois-Walker Memorial Food Bank and Students of Distinction Awards.
This annual event was successful due to large support from the students, staff and alumni. It looks to be a longstanding tradition for the school.